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Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar District

CM addresses massive public gatherings, takes UPA head on over their anti-people policies

Let us compete on development, let people see who has done a better job: Shri Modi challenges Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

Sonia Ji says whatever development in Gujarat, that happened due to Congress. Next time she may as well say it was Ahmed Bhai who built Ahmedabad

Congress and UPA not only enemies of the nation but also enemies of the poor! Says Shri Modi

Gone are the days when Delhi Sultanate can take Gujarat for a ride! Says CM

Bearing the blistering heat, thousands and thousands of people came out to extend their support to the Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra as it covered parts of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Mehsana Districts. Shri Narendra Modi addressed mammoth public meetings in Nikol (Ahmedabad District), Dahegam, Mansa (Gandhinagar District), Gozaria (Mehsana District) and Kalol.

Shri Modi took on the UPA on a series of issues and asked the Prime Minister to compete on the issue of development and then let the people see who is performing better! The Chief Minister said that Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi came to Rajkot and said that there is no development in Gujarat. She further said that whatever development did happen is due to the Congress rule. Shri Modi expressed surprise at this and remarked that he fears that on her visit to Ahmedabad, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi will say that it was Ahmed Bhai (referring to Mr. Ahmed Patel) who set up Ahmedabad! Shri Modi stated that Mrs. Sonia Gandhi is unaware that this development in Gujarat is due to its 6 crore people.

Shri Modi came down heavily on the Congress and the Centre for obstructing the Gujarat Government’s efforts to give pipeline gas to the people. He said that Congress keeps giving examples of 3 cylinders cap, here Gujarat can save 3.5 crore cylinders but the anti-Gujarat Government in Delhi issues an order preventing the Gujarat Government to continue their initiative of giving piped gas. Shri Modi said that not only are they enemies of the nation but also enemies of the poor. He affirmed that Mrs. Sonia Gandhi is clearly unaware of the development journey of Gujarat.

Putting a direct challenge to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Shri Modi asked the PM to compete with Gujarat on issue of development. "You build roads, I also build roads, you build canals and I also do the same, you build hospitals and I build hospitals too.   Let the people see it... whoever has done a better job, people will accept him," he said, adding "...but they don't want to have a competition for development with me. They only want to do sloganeering," Shri Modi categorically said that gone are the days when the Delhi Sultanate can take Gujarat for a ride!

He remarked that for the last 8 years there has been no good news coming from Delhi. Shri Modi stated that what Gujarat wants is peace, unity and brotherhood. He came down heavily on the UPA for the coal scam as well.

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Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that in the last 5-6 years, youth of the nation has been connected with the key challenges of the country through the platform of Hackathons. Thinking behind this is to organize the capabilities of the country and to give them a medium, he said.

Apart from the importance of toys as the first friend of the children, the Prime Minister also emphasized the economic aspects of toys and gaming, he called it ‘Toyconomy’. The Prime Minister said that global toy market is about 100 billion dollars and India haveonly 1.5 per cent of this market. India imports almost 80 per cent of its toys. This means that crores of rupees are being drained out of the country.

This needs to change, said the Prime Minister. Shri Modi underlined that, beyond numbers, this sector has the capacity to bring progress and growth to the neediest segments of society. Toy industry has its ownsmall-scale industry, artisans comprising of rural population, dalits, poor people and tribal population. The Prime Minister singled out the contribution of women in the sector. In order to take the benefits to these segments, we need be vocal for local toys.

The PM called for new models of innovation and financing to make Indian toys competitive at the global level. There is a need for new ideas to be incubated, new start-ups promoted, taking new technology to traditional toy makers and creating new market demand. This is the inspiration behind events like Toyacathon, the Prime Minister said.