"This makes the occasion more important, as he is visiting a state on the very first day of his India visit", Gujarat BJP unit president Jitubhai Vaghani told reporters on Monday.
The city of Ahmedabad has been decked up to welcome Japanese Prime Minister and his wife.
No wonder Modi has chosen this spot for a diplomatic dinner with Abe.
Modi, Abe and Japan's First lady Akie Abe boarded an open jeep and proceeded from the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to the historic Sabarmati Ashram as thousands of people lined up along both sides of the eight-and-half-km route cheering the two leaders.
The pact is created to help meet electricity demand in the fast-growing South Asian economy through nuclear power generation, but concerns remain that technology exported to India, which conducted nuclear tests in 1974 and 1998 without joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, could be used for military purposes.
Known for its iconic traditional Gujarati Thalis, Agashiye (meaning "on the terrace" in Gujarati) is a roof-top restaurant located opposite Sidi Saiyyed Mosque. At the African Development Bank (AfDB) meeting in Gujarat in May this year, Modi announced the Asia Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC), an initiative that is going to be jointly undertaken by India and Japan.More news: Apple TV 4K Delivers 4K HDR, Free Upgrades to Your Movies
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The Japnese PM, accompanied by his wife Akie Abe, is on a two-day visit to India, to attend the annual summit between the two countries. This will be the fourth annual summit between Modi and Abe, who will review the progress in Indo-Japanese cooperation under the Special Strategic and Global Partnership.
In the strategic sphere, India and Japan agreed to boost defence cooperation in 2014 which resulted in the signing of the defence framework agreement in 2015.
Japan and India have deepened their defence ties, with Tokyo joining trilateral maritime drills also involving the US Navy in the Indian Ocean in July. Prime Minister Modi had visited Japan in November past year while Abe visited India in December 2015.
The groundbreaking ceremony (Bhoomi-pujan) for the project, coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 98,000 crore, will be held at a site near the Sabarmati railway station in the city.
Even as trade hopes remain high for the upcoming visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India, the data of bilateral trade does not reveal the strong bonhomie Abe shares with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.