- Published on 31 October 2013
Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday lashed out at Congress while projecting Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as the leader the country needs. Earlier this week Modi had said that the takdeer and tasveer of country would have been different had Sardar been the first Prime Minister.
Today speaking at a function to lay the Foundation of World’s tallest statue, a statue of Sardar, saying that he favoured Patel’s secularism and not “votebank secularism” practiced by some parties. Referring to the speech of the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, he said that he appreciated that the Prime Minister called Sardar Patel secular.
“I would really like to honour the Prime Minister for saying that Patel was truly secular. We also say that Patel was truly secular. The country needs Patel’s secularism and not votebank secularism. He was secular yet his secularism did not come in the way of building the Somnath Temple. Mr. Prime Minister, the country needs secularism that does not divide the country but unites it,” Mr. Modi said.
Mr. Modi also attacked the Prime Minister on the issue of installing a gate on the Sardar Sarovar Dam which has been pending for a long time. Consequently, Narmada water could not reach to people. He asserted that all hitches in clearing the gate project had been been sorted out.He alleged that Gujarat is being discriminated against by the Centre for political reasons. Modi said the Centre and the Congress can take all the credit for it but should build the gate without any further delay.
Taking on the Prime Minister for his comments on October 29 that he is proud Patel belonged to his party, Modi said, “Rana Pratap, Chhatrapati Shivaji, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru are highly respected. Were they BJP members? Will only those who belong to the BJP be given respect and honour. Country is greater than the party and those who sacrifice themselves for the country are greater.”
He emphasised that nobody, not even him, can deny that Patel belonged to a party but his stature was such that he is respected by all. “To associate Patel with one party will be a great injustice to Sardar sahab. We should not divide our legacy,” Modi said. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel belonged to the whole nation and not a particular party
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