Ahmedabad, Jan 14 (PTI) BJP president Amit Shah and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani Monday celebrated the festival of Makar Sankranti, known as Uttarayan in the state, by flying kites with their supporters and party members here. Also Read - Amitabh Bachchan Gives Back to Troll Who Accused Him of Plagiarism, Says 'Strange And Sad'

Shah flew kite on the terrace of a house in Vadaj area, while Rupani did the same from the rooftop of the house of former BJP MLA Bhushan Bhatt in Khadia locality. Also Read - Following Fitness Programme Assigned By Trainer: Jemimah Rodrigues

Shah was accompanied by Gujarat BJP president Jitu Vaghani, state youth wing president Rutvij Patel and dozens of party workers. Also Read - Harbhajan Singh Requests Fans to Donate to Shahid Afridi Foundation for COVID-19 Relief Fund; CSK Bowler Nominates Yuvraj Singh, Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram

This was the third year after becoming Chief Minister that Rupani flew kite in Khadia, the area visited by then CM Narendra Modi to fly kite on the occasion of Uttarayan.

Talking to reporters, Rupani said the wind was blowing “in favour of BJP” for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Using kite analogy, he said the thread of 11 crore BJP workers will propel the BJP to another victory in Lok Sabha elections.

“The wind is in favour of BJP, thread (that holds the kite) gets strength from workers as we have world’s biggest organisation with 11 crore party members.

“The kite flying at the highest point is that of BJP and the party under Modi’s leadership will realise the slogan of `Abki Baar Phir Se Modi Sarkar’ (once again Modi government) by winning the Lok Sabha polls,” Rupani said.

The Gujarat CM later went to his hometown Rajkot to celebrate the festival with his family members.

Leaders from different political parties, MLAs and MPs also celebrated the popular festival by flying kites with their family members.

Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti convener Hardik Patel flew kite with MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani in Ahmedabad.

People assembled in large numbers on the rooftops to fly kites and celebrate the festival with their family members.

Makar Sankranti marks the end of the winter solstice month and beginning of longer days.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.