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"Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates Swami Vivekananda Over Bridge, Gujarat's first triangular over bridge in Rajkot"
"Gujarat's development is talked all over and even those who were earlier not willing to accept development are accepting it now: Shri Modi"
"The people will not accept anybody who is anti-development: Shri Modi"
"Gujarat has embraced the path of progress and we will never let it stop. May be it means more hardwork and more time…but we will not put brakes in taking Gujarat to greater heights: Shri Modi"
"Rajkot winning award for women safety in Swami Vivekananda's 150th birth year is like the icing on the cake: Shri Modi"
"It is our responsibility to respect the dignity of women. Injustice to women is a blot on our society: Shri Modi"

On the evening of Friday 8th March 2013 Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Swami Vivekananda Over Bridge, the first triangular over bridge in Gujarat. In his speech Shri Modi talked about the development in Gujarat. He pointed out that Gujarat’s development is talked all over and that even those earlier not willing to accept the development are accepting it now. Shri Modi stated that since Independence politics were played and crumbs were thrown but no thought was given to development. “By giving impetus to development, we are changing this regressive mindset.” He further pointed that the people will not accept anybody who is anti-development.

Shri Modi stated that the Central Government is trying to put several obstacles in the development journey of Gujarat and gave the example of putting the gates on the Sardar Sarovar Dam. “We have to put the gates, we have to pay the money but still they are not giving permission,” the Chief Minister said referring to the Centre. He further stated that when he met the Prime Minister after the elections and discussed the issues with him, he said, “Acha Modi ji yeh bhi baaki hai?” (Modi ji is this also left). However, Shri Modi affirmed, “Gujarat has embraced the path of progress and we will never let it stop. May be it means more hardwork and more time…but we will not put brakes in taking Gujarat to greater heights.”

Further criticizing the UPA, Shri Modi said that earlier when a Union Budget was presented debates and writings went on for months but this time the Budget was such that on the 2nd day itself no one spoke about it. He declared that the Centre does not know the aspirations of the nation and are not bothered what the women and youth want.

Talking about the recent awards won by Rajkot, including for the safety for women, Shri Modi affirmed, “For the awards Rajkot got, the Mayor, Commissioner, the Police Commissioner were honored but those who merit the praise are the citizens of Rajkot.” He also opined that when Rajkot was given the prize for the safest city, it got the loudest claps. Shri Modi expressed joy that Rajkot getting this award for safety for women during the 150th birth year of Swami Vivekananda is like the icing on the cake.

The Chief Minister pointed out that in matters of women safety the role of values is even more important than the role of the Government and that the award won by Rajkot shows the values and ethos of the city. Shri Modi also affirmed, “It is our responsibility to respect the dignity of women. Injustice to women is a blot on our society.”

Shri Modi recalled that earlier Rajkot was not developing so fast but now it is a fast growing city. He further recalled that earlier the money for the development of cities was very less but and most of the money went in paying salaries. Shri Modi said that the Gujarat Government came up with the Mukhya Mantri Shaheri Vikas Yojana and over Rs. 500 crore has been spent on the development of Rajkot, which has benefited the people immensely. The Chief Minister also opined that with 40-42% of the people in Gujarat staying in cities and over 50% of the people dependent on cities, it is essential to strengthen the cities.

In his speech Shri Modi spoke about the SAUNI Yojana to provide water to Kutch and Saurashtra. He also shared that a recent survey of the Government of India pointed that the lowest unemployment is in Gujarat.

Senior BJP leader and former Rajya Sabha MP Shri Vijay Rupani spoke on the occasion. Minister Shri Govindbhai Patel, Rajkot Mayor Shri Janak Kotak and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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PM’s remarks on 80th birthday celebration of Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji
May 22, 2022
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“Use of science for nature and amalgamation of technology with spirituality is the soul of dynamic India”
“Today the world is looking at our startups as its future. Our industry and our 'Make in India' are turning out to be ray of hope for global growth”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the 80th birthday celebration of Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji via a video message today. The Prime Minister greeted Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji and his followers on this auspicious occasion. Shri Modi also noted the dedication of ‘Hanumat Dwar’ entrance arch by the saints and special guests.

Quoting scriptures, the Prime Minister said that life of Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji his a living example of the fact that saints emerge for the welfare of humanity and their life is intertwined with the social upliftment and human welfare. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that at Datta Peetham modernity is also nurtured along with spirituality. He cited grand Hanuman temple with 3D mapping and light and sound show and bird park with modern management in this regard. The Prime Minister noted that apart from being a great centre of study of the Vedas, Datta Peetham is undertaking impactful innovation for using music for health purposes. “This use of science for nature, this amalgamation of technology with spirituality is the soul of dynamic India. I am happy that with the efforts of saints like Swamiji, today the youth of the country are getting acquainted with the power of their traditions and taking them forward.”, said Shri Modi

In the context of the auspicious occasion falling during the period of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Prime Minister recalled the teaching of the saints for considering universal before self. He said “ with the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas’, the country is calling for collective pledges. Today the country is preserving its antiquity and also promoting it, and, at the same time, giving strength to its innovation and modernity.” The Prime Minister continued “today the identity of India is Yoga as well as youth. Today the world is looking at our startups as its future. Our industry and our 'Make in India' is turning out to be a ray of hope for global growth. We have to work towards achieving these resolutions. And I would like our spiritual centers to be centers of inspiration in this direction as well.”

Noting their work in the preservation for nature and service of birds, the Prime Minister requested Datta Peetham to work for water and river conservation. He also asked for their contribution in the campaign for 75 Amrit Sarovars in every districts. The Prime Minister lauded their contribution in the Swachh Bharat Mission.

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