On Sunday 25th August 2013 Shri Narendra Modi visited the newly created Aravalli District, where he was felicitated by the people of the district. He said that the creation of new districts will increase the pace of development across Gujarat. He affirmed that while the people of Gujarat have faith in the State Government, the people of India have lost faith in the Centre and the reason is that the Gujarat Government is committed to overall development of society. He categorically stated that the way ahead lies in development and there is no stopping or slowing as far as development is concerned.
Shri Modi’s visit to Aravalli district is a part of his visits to the seven newly created districts across Gujarat. Shri Modi had promised the people to create new districts and on 15th August the promise was duly fulfilled. There is immense enthusiasm among the people for the creation of the new districts. The Aravalli district has been created from Sabarkantha District. The newly created Aravalli District will consist of six Talukas with a population of over 10.27 lakh people. The new district will have a substantial Tribal population. Shri Modi said that this will be new step in the development of Tribal communities in Gujarat.
The Chief Minister said that the dignity of the post of the Prime Minister has been adversely affected due to the events of the last nine years including corruption. He added that the people of Gujarat had overthrown the corrupt elements during the Navnirman Movement of the 1970s and that the movement had inspired several people across India.
He affirmed that the Gujarat Government is working day and night not because of accolades for the government but for the welfare of Gujarat and went on to say that today Gujarat has made a mark in the field of development. Shri Modi stated the commitment of the Gujarat Government to scale even greater heights of progress that will make Gujarat proud in front of the world.
During his speech Shri Modi avowed that the Gujarat Government passed with distinction in the eyes of the people during the 2012 elections and now it is the turn of the Centre to give an answer to the people about their performance when the 2014 elections approach.
Shri Modi stated that there was a conspiracy to forget the contribution of Sardar Patel in the history of India but Gujarat will never be a part of this and that is why the state is building a majestic Statue of Unity to commemorate the Iron Man of India. He said that apart from being a ‘Loh Purush’ or Iron Man, Sardar Patel was a ‘Kisan Putra’ (son of farmer) and a champion of integration and to commemorate that the Gujarat Government is seeking contribution of agriculture implements made from iron from across the nation that will be used for the Statue of Unity.
The Chief Minister declared that in a time when the Centre’s failures are increasingly coming to the fore, Gujarat is showing the way with its work culture and decentralization in order to make people partners in the process of development. He also talked about the ‘Aapno Taluko, Vibrant Taluko’ project.
Sports Minister Shri Ramanlal Vora, Minister of State Shri Pradeepsinh Jadeja, MP Dr. Mahendrasinh Chauhan, former Ministers Shri Jaysinh Chauhan, Shri Praful Patel, IAS officer Smt. Jayanti Ravi among other dignitaries were present.