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Narendra Modi asks Gujaratis living abroad to inspire Americans to visit a new ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ and help state’s tourism industry

Ahmedabad, Friday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today asked each Non-Resident Gujarati (NRG) living abroad to inspire at least 15 non-Gujarati Indians or Americans to tour a new ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ and help the state’s tourism industry having immense potential.

“If one NRG could send 15 tourists from America to Gujarat,” he said, “imagine it could total up to millions and in dollars.”

Addressing the members of Saurashtra Patel Cultural Samaj at Atlanta in the USA through videoconferencing from here, he said that Gujarat of droughts and barren lands with people migrating to other parts of India or abroad has undergone facelift beyond recognition as it is in for a sea change, vibrating with all round development, all during the last ten years.

Mr. Modi recalled that earlier Gujarat was known for having just India’s 1.600-km long seacoast and now it has become the gateway to India’s prosperity, humming with a number of modern ports, port-based economic regions, auto hub and assorted industries. The 24x7 electricity has reached every village and the Narmada water and other water projects across the state. The number of universities has risen from 11 to 42 during the last ten years, with qualitative improvement in school education, too. The state has made long strides in agriculture and dairy, contributing to as many as three ‘white revolutions’ in common salt, milk and cotton. The state has taken initiative in renewable sources of solar and wind energy, too.

Incidentally, he said that Saurashtra and Kutch region, also known as Kathiawad, was earlier considered to be the most backward in the past. But it has now become the most developed region pulsating with maximum industrial and business activity. The region boasts as the only abode of Asian abode and several bird sanctuaries, virgin beaches, vast stretches of Rann, religious places like Somnath and Dwarka.

Mr. Modi said that Gujarati people are themselves known as born tourists for their wandering spirit. A number of Gujaratis settled in America are in motel business and they know the importance of tourism. Appreciating the Gujarati pride and confidence for whatever they do and wherever they go, he said it was time for them to tap the USD 3-trillion global tourism industry. Even as Gujarati people abroad continue to have vital link with motherland, they could use technology and enterprise to take Gujarat to new heights.

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PM Modi addresses public meeting at Asansol, West Bengal
April 17, 2021
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Addressing a huge rally in West Bengal’s Asansol ahead of sixth phase of assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “TMC was broken after four phases of polls, `Didi' and `Bhatija' will be defeated by end of West Bengal elections. Voting of the fifth phase is also going on where people in large numbers are voting for the lotus flower to form the BJP government.”

“This region of Asansol has the potential to become the industrial centre of India since a long time. From bicycle to rail, from paper to steel, from aluminium to glass - people come from all across India to work in these factories. In a way, Asansol is mini India. People from all corners of India are seen here. But the misgovernance of Bengal governments affected Asansol,” said PM Modi while addressing the public meeting.

Speaking on Mamata Didi’s anti-development agenda, PM Modi stated, “Mamata Banerjee is against development of Bengal. We will work for the aspirations of the people of Bengal. New investment will come in. Bengal needs a government of double engines, not those who are stopping development. The BJP government of Bengal will implement every scheme that benefits you, which was stopped by Didi's government.”

Coming down hard at TMC supremo, the PM asserted, “Her politics is not limited to just protests, but it has crossed a dangerous limit of vengeance.” The Prime Minister also slammed Banerjee for skipping several meetings called by the Centre to discuss many key issues. He said, “In the last two meetings on Corona, the rest of the Chief Ministers came, but Didi did not. The rest of the Chief Ministers came to the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, but Didi did not. Such a huge campaign started in the country to clean river Ganga, but Didi did not even attend the meeting related to it.”

Prime Minister Modi while addressing a rally in Asansol said that on May 2, which is the day of assembly election results, Mamata Banerjee will be given the certificate of Bengal ex-chief minister by the people of the state.

Taking about the leaked audio of Mamata Banerjee, the Prime Minister remarked, “You must have heard an audio tape on what happened in Cooch Behar yesterday. The audio was of Didi doing politics after the tragic death of 5 people. In this audio, the TMC leader of Cooch Behar was being asked by Didi to organize a rally with the dead bodies of the slain.”