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Kochi: Prime minister Narendra Modi is set to arrive in Kochi on Monday for a two-day visit. He will land at Naval Airport by a special flight in the afternoon and proceed to Thevara Sacred Heart College.
His roadshow from Perumannur Junction to Thevara College is expected to attract 15,000 people. The roadshow and Yuvam programme are expected to kickstart BJP's 2024 Lok Sabha election campaign in Kerala.
Modi will participate in the Yuvam-23 programme at the college grounds, which starts at 4:45 pm. The event will also feature singer Vijay Yesudas, cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, film stars Yash and Rishabh Shetty and others. Around 20,000 participants are expected at this event.
Modi will stay overnight at the Taj Malabar Hotel, where he will meet Christian religious leaders and dignitaries. Leaders of the Christian Churches, including Syro-Malabar Church head Major Archbishop Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, Jacobite Church Metropolitan Trustee Joseph Mor Gregorios, Malankara Catholic Church President Cardinal Mar Baselios Cleemis Catholica Bava, Malankara Orthodox Church Head Baselios Marthoma Mathews III Catholica Bava, Varapuzha Archbishop Dr Joseph Kalathiparambil of Latin Church, Knanaya Catholic Kottayam Archdiocese Mar Mathew Mulakat, Metropolitan of Chaldean Syrian Church of the East Bishop Mar Awgin Kuriakose and others are expected to arrive for the meeting with the Prime Minister.
He will leave for Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday morning. The Vande Bharat train will be flagged off at Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station at 10:30 am. The prime minister will also dedicate (and lay foundation stones) development projects worth Rs 3,200 crores, including the Kochi Water Metro at the Central Stadium before departing for Dadra Nagar Haveli at 12 pm.
Modi's visit will be accompanied by extensive police security, with six SPs, 26 DySPs and 2,060 other police personnel taking part. Everyone attending the event will be screened, and metal detectors and state-of-the-art cameras will be used.