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Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta,

Deputy President William Ruto,

Members of the Cabinet

Distinguished Guests

Jambo, Namaskar,

Thank you for such a warm welcome.

I bring to you the greetings and good wishes of the 1.25 billion people of India. From over two millennia ago, the waters of the great Indian Ocean have facilitated the inter-mingling of our two peoples. We are maritime neighbours.

Communities from the western shores of India, especially from my home State Gujarat, and the eastern coast of Africa have settled in each other's lands. In end 19th century, Indians came to Kenya during the colonial era to build the iconic Mombasa Uganda railway. Many of them stayed and contributed to the economic development of Kenya. Several joined the freedom struggle, and stood shoulder to shoulder with Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the founding president of Kenya. I count Makhan Singh, Pio Gama Pinto, Chaman Lal, M.A Desai among others.Ancient links between societies have also enriched our cultures. The rich Swahili language includes many Hindi words.

Indian cuisine is now an intrinsic part of Kenyan cuisine.Excellency, Last evening, you and I saw first-hand the affection and bonds of the Indian diaspora with Kenya.They are a strong bridge between the two countries.And, we value this joint heritage. I am happy to return to your beautiful country which I first visited in 2008. This visit may have been short but the outcomes have been significant.I have been able to rekindle our personal friendship which began in New Delhi in October 2015.In the last few hours, we have been able to impart new vigour and momentum to our long-standing relations:Our political understanding and commitment have deepened.

We are ready to join hands with Kenya in fulfilling your development priorities:

-In sectors of your choosing; and

-at a speed that you prefer;And, be it:

-agriculture or health care;

- Needs of education, vocational education or training;

-development of small businesses;

-Renewable energy or power transmission; and

-building of institutional strengths.

Like in the past, our experiences and expertise are available for Kenya's benefit.

Excellency, we have a thriving economic and commercial relationship. But, it is not a temporary or transactional relationship. It is a time-tested bond, built on the foundation of shared values and shared experiences.

Friends,

Both India and Kenya have young populations. Both cultures value education. Now is the time for skill development.As the Swahili proverb goes: "Elimubilaamali, kamantabilaasali” (Means: Knowledge without practice is like wax without honey).Kenya and India have always worked for world peace. We can also unite our efforts with other developing countries, not just for the well-being of the weak and the poor.But, also to help preserve our Mother Earth.

We can learn from each other in the crucial area of conservation of natural assets. As Mzee Jomo Kenyatta said, "Our children may learn about heroes of the past. Our task is to make ourselves architects of the future”.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Distinguished Guests,May I now raise a toast

To the health and well- being of the President of Kenya, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta;

To the progress and prosperity of the people of Kenya, our Indian Ocean neighbours,

To the everlasting friendship between the people of India and Kenya..

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December 01, 2022
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Continuing his campaigning spree for the second phase of assembly elections, PM Modi today addressed public meetings in Kalol, Chhota Udepur and Himmatnagar, Gujarat. Taking over the G20 presidency, PM Narendra Modi said today is a big day for India, a historic day. “With the blessings of Maa Kalika, today is an auspicious day for the presidency of India to begin in the G20. This is a matter of great pride for all of us,” he said.

Addressing the huge rally, PM Modi iterated, “Kalol is the center of economic activities of Panchmahal. Industrial centers like Halol-Kalol and Panchmahal are benefiting a lot due to the increase in manufacturing in India and the growth of the economy. Today, industrial production worth Rs 30,000 crore is done in Panchmahal district. This year, about 9,500 crores has been exported from Panchmahal district. Thousands of people are getting employment due to this.”

PM Modi accused the Congress of hurling abuses at him, he said, “The Congress does not leave any chance to insult the pride of Gujarat. I am a sevak of Gujarat, a sevak of the country, that's why the Congress has once again hurled abuses at me.” PM Modi launched a frontal attack on the Congress for calling him names, including the promise to show him his ‘aukat’. Referring to Congress leader Malikarjun Kharge’s Ravana remark, he said, “Kharge ji was sent to Gujarat and I was called Ravana by him on the land of Gujarat where Lord Rama devotees live. But it is true that when it comes to Lord Rama, the Congress does not accept his existence. It is also true that the Congress was in pain due to the construction of a grand temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.”

PM Modi further listed out the number of ‘gaalis’ hurled at him, he said, “The Congress has considered it its right to abuse me. Had there been faith in democracy, Congress would never have done this. But Congress has faith only on one family. Family is democracy for Congress, family is country for Congress. There is a competition in the Congress party that who can abuse Modi how much?”

Highlights from the Chhota Udepur Public Meeting

Heating up the campaign trail in Gujarat where Assembly elections are taking place, PM Modi mocked the Congress party on their ‘Garibi Hatao’ slogan. He said, “Decades ago, the Congress had given the slogan 'Garibi Hatao'. And they kept on saying this slogan as if this work has to be done by someone else. That's why during its rule Congress kept on saying ‘Garibi Hatao, but the party kept removing the poor from its path.”


Addressing his second rally in Chhota Udepur, PM Modi expounded BJP's commitment to welfare of tribal communities and listed numerous efforts being undertaken. He said, “The biggest beneficiary of the all-round development of the BJP government is our tribal society.” He slammed the Congress party for doing nothing for development of the tribals in the country. He said that the party even created hurdles when a tribal woman was made a candidate for the President’s post.

Talking about the ‘One District, One Product’ scheme, PM Modi stated, “There is hardly any district which does not have its own identity. Now like Chhota Udepur's 'Sankheda' is famous for its handicrafts, furniture made of teak. The demand for this furniture is in the world. I myself have gifted wooden articles made in ‘Sankheda’ to dignitaries of many countries of the world. To give importance to such products, such art, the BJP government has formulated ‘One District, One Product’ scheme.”

 

Highlights from the Himmatnagar Public Meeting

Addressing his final rally of the day in Himmatnagar, PM Modi said, “In 20 years, the area covered by groundnut has more than doubled. Now the yield of groundnut is 8 times more in Sabarkantha as compared to earlier. I am told, this time farmers are getting very good money in the purchase of groundnut. The facility of cold storage for potatoes here has also brought a lot of ease to the farmers. The happiness of all of us grows today when french fries made from Sabarkantha potatoes are exported.”

He further added, “To increase the income of the farmers, the BJP government is constantly working to ensure that maximum money goes into the pockets of the farmers. Our government have helped the farmers through PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. Here the farmers of Sabarkantha have also been given Rs 480 crore under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme.” PM Modi also listed out several development schemes which benefitted the people of the state.

Highlighting about the revamped connectivity, PM Modi said, “Be it poor, middle class, dalit, tribal, backward, everyone benefits from it. That's why an unprecedented investment is being made today on road, rail and airport. Just a month back, the Asarva-Udaipur train has been started. This route between Ahmedabad-Udaipur has become broad gauge. This will greatly benefit the districts of North Gujarat. From agriculture to industries in Himmatnagar, everyone will be benefited by this new rail line.”

Also, PM Modi urged people of Gujarat to vote for BJP in large numbers. Requesting to keep voting for the BJP's double engine government, the Prime Minister said, “I request all people to help spread the word to vote for Lotus and make it win from polling booth.”