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PM likely to visit a forward area on Sunday to spend Diwali
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PM likely to visit a forward area on Sunday to spend Diwali

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New Delhi, Oct 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to spend a few hours with jawans, security personnel and senior civil and military officials during his visit to a forward area on Sunday on the occasion of Diwali.

Sources said this will be in tune with his earlier schedules on the occasion of 'festival of lights'. In 2014, within months of becoming Prime Minister, Mr Modi had spent his Diwali at Siachen with the jawans.

Next year, he visited the Punjab border on Diwali and also celebrated 50 years of the Indo-Pak war of 1965. In 2016, Mr Modi spent time with Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel at a forward post in Himachal Pradesh.

In 2018, he had celebrated the festival with the Army and the ITBP personnel in Uttarakhand while in 2017, Mr Modi had spent his Diwali with soldiers and security personnel in Gurez in Jammu and Kashmir.

In the visitors' book at the outpost in 2017, Prime Minister had written: "The presence of brave soldiers at the border, on this festive occasion, lights the lamp of hope, and generates new energy among crores of Indians.....Protecting the Motherland, far from your loved ones, displaying the highest traditions of sacrifice, all soldiers at the nation's borders, are symbols of bravery and dedication". (UNI)