Prime Minister Modi celebrates Diwali with jawans at Line of Control

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers sweets to a jawan on the occasion of Diwali in Gurez Valley in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrived in the Gurez Sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir's Bandipora district to celebrate Diwali with the troops there.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers sweet and exchanged Diwali greetings with the jawans.

It is to mention here that the Army Chief yesterday was received by Lt Gen D Anbu, Northern Army Commander and Lt Gen JS Sandhu, Chinar Corps Commander. "Spending time with our forces gives me new energy", he said, according to KNS correspondent, adding that "we exchanged candies and interacted on the occasion". Therefore, he was among the jawans of the armed forces, whom he considers "his family". Both the Army and BSF guard the LoC in Gurez sector.

After his visit PM Modi tweeted, "Spending time with our forces gives me new energy".

Talking of yoga, the PM said he had been told that the jawans present at the gathering regularly practice yoga.

The PM appreciated the men and officer's penance and sacrifice amid harsh conditions at the frontiers.

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The PM also encouraged the jawans to innovate so that their routine tasks and duties become easier and safer.

"The uniform has enormous respect, be it the Army, Navy or Air Force".

In the visitors' book, Modi wrote, "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".

While the Shiva shrine is deserted on Diwali festival as most priests and shopkeepers go back to their homes to celebrate the festival, this time round it is the reverse.

"To accomplish the dream of "New India", this is a golden opportunity for all of us to work together". PM Modi will also lay the foundation stones for a slew of reconstruction projects in Kedarpuri, including renovation of Adi Guru Shankaracharya's tomb which was devastated in the flash floods of 2013.

Earlier, there was speculation that Modi may spend time with the army and Indian-Tibetan Border Police soldiers at the China border in Uttarakhand during this Diwali.

The PM today took to Twitter and extended Diwali greetings to the countrymen.

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