A grand felicitation was held at Gandhinagar’s Town Hall to wish Shri Narendra Modi on his birthday. Seers, community leaders, intellectuals, members of film industry, lawyers, doctors etc came to greet Shri Modi on the occasion. Shri Modi likened the blessings of the people to the blessings of Almighty and he sought the blessings of the people for his new responsibility (of the BJP and NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections).
Shri Modi shared that for the large part of his life he did not celebrate his birthday but he could not say no to the people, who have showered him with immense love and affection. Shri Modi extended his greetings on the occasion of Vishwakarma Jayanti and talked about the importance of skill development. He added that the real Puja of Lord Vishwakarma is to imbibe the Mantra of ‘Shrameva Jayate’ (triumph of work and those who work). Narendra Modi ji shared that 17th September is also the date when Sardar Patel freed the princely state of Hyderabad from the Nizam.
Talking about the current situation in the country, Shri Modi affirmed that the people of India are eagerly awaiting the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, comparing it to the monsoon season after a scorching summer. He added that the people are waiting to remove the Central government sooner or later. Shri Modi recalled that earlier discussion on elections would begin only after nominations were filled but it is different this time due to the growing dislike in the minds of the people. Modi ji pointed that corruption and price rise are troubling the common people and said that while many ask about the missing coal files, he is asking where is the missing Government at the Centre.
The Chief Minister thanked the people of Gujarat for the affection they have given him. He said that he has full faith in them and that he will never do anything that would make them bow their heads in shame. Shri Modi avowed that till the people of India do not worship Bharat Mata devotedly, we can never become Jagat Guru.
Those who greeted Shri Modi include MPs Shri Parshottambhai Rupala, Shri Bharatsinh Parmar, Shri Dilip Pandya, Shri CP Patil, members of Saurashtra Leuva Patidar Samaj, Rajasthan Hospital Family, Secretary of the GCA along with upcoming cricketers, leaders of the Dalit, Maldhari, and Tribal communities, members of Sikh, Muslim and Christian community, office bearers of the Bar Council of Gujarat, members of the Thakor Samaj, Dawoodi Bohra community etc. Old Jan Sangh leaders including former Minister Hemaben Acharya, Shri Samarjitsinh Gaekwad, Uttarakhand Rajya Sabha MP Shri Tarun Vijay also greeted Shri Modi. Speaker of the Gujarat Vidhan Sabha Shri Vajubhai Vala greeting Shri Modi. The Chief Minister received blessings on behalf od Most Revered Shri Morari Bapu, Most Revered Shri Rameshbhai Oza and Most Revered Pramukhswami ji.
Apart from the dignitaries, a large number of people came to meet Shri Modi, who promised that he will meet each and every person present.