Modi Express, a four boggy train was flagged off by an Australian Victorian Multicultural Minister Matthew Guy in Melbourne on 16 November 2014.
It was flagged off to honour Narendra Modi and celebrate his first official visit as Prime Minister to Australia. The service was organised by the Overseas Friends of BJP.
The train was flagged off at Southern Cross Station – a major railway station and transport hub for Melbourne. It is the first time in the history of Melbourne, that a train service was organised under the name of a Prime Minister.
The special train that carried over 220 passengers was launched to help people to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first public lecture in Sydney on 17 November 2014.
The train was decorated with tri-colour balloons and posters and banners of Modi and iconic places of India. During the journey, delicacies like Modi Dhokla and Modi Fafda were served for free to the passengers.
About Narendra Modi
• Narendra Damodardas Modi born on 17 September 1950 is the 15th and current Prime Minister of India
• Currently is the Member of Parliament (MP) from Varanasi
• From 2001 to 2014, he has served as the Chief Minister of Gujarat
• He is a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
• He was born in Vadnagar, Mehsana district in Bombay State (now Gujarat), India
• Bibliographies on him
a) Modi: Leadership, governance and Performance
b) The Man of the Moment: Narendra Modi
c) Modi, Muslims and Media: Voices from Narendra Modi's Gujarat
d) Centrestage: Inside the Narendra Modi Model of Governanace
e) Narendra Modi: A Political Biography
f) The Fiction of Fact-Finding: Modi & Godhra
g) Narendra Modi: The Man, The Times
h) The NaMo Story - A Political Life
i) The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future
Where: in Melbourne
When: on 16 November 2014
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