Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron engaged in a roadshow in Jaipur, with key stops including a teashop offering masala chai, a handicrafts shop, and a visit to the iconic Hawa Mahal. The day also featured bilateral talks and a dinner at Rambagh Palace. The leaders rode in an open-top vehicle through Jaipur’s city center, starting from Jantar Mantar. They interacted with the public and admired Hawa Mahal, a five-storey building with a thousand windows. The roadshow concluded at Sanganeri Gate, leading to Rambagh Palace for further engagements.
Symbolic gift exchange
PM Modi presented Macron with a small replica of Ayodhya’s Ram temple, following his role in the recent consecration ceremony. The artifact was purchased for Rs 500 using UPI, showcasing the digital payment method. Additionally, a temporary tea stall, “Sahu chaiwala,” provided masala tea for Rs 2, with the payment also conducted digitally.
Earlier Jaipur itinerary
Macron’s Jaipur visit began with a reception at Jaipur airport by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra, and Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma. The French delegation explored Amber Palace, with a red carpet welcome and interaction with local children.
Preparations and greetings
The city of Jaipur was adorned with cutouts and hoardings in anticipation of the leaders’ visit. PM Modi, who arrived from Bulandshahr, joined Macron at Jantar Mantar for a tour and warm greetings before the roadshow commenced.
Significance of the visit
This visit marked PM Modi’s first to Jaipur after Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma’s swearing-in post the BJP’s recent assembly poll victory. The leaders engaged in cultural exploration, discussions, and shared moments symbolizing Indo-French relations.