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"If Modi is something it is all because of Bhartiya Janta Party. If Modi is something it is because of the hard work and sweat of lacs of BJP workers."
"Whatever time I have got, we have done more than ever before and I want to do and serve much more. I want to do good to the people excessively."
"This victory is victory of Team BJP."
"The final thing, the bottom line for me has always and always been Janta's blessings."

Place : Ahmedabad, Date :12-10-2010

Friends, people have showered their blessings on Bharitya Janta Party in this election. I bow down to the citizens of Gujarat who have blessed Bhartiya Janta Party. I thank them from the bottom of my heart. And, on this auspicious occasion of Navaratri, I pray to Maa Shakti to bestow strength on me and my party workers so that we can live up to the expectations of people and fulfill their aspirations. Let us strive to get through the responsibility diligently that people have given us. Friends' victory is not meant to ridicule or belittle anyone. Victory is also for the purpose of Self Introspection.

It is a clear sweep win for us. After staying in power for so many years BJP gets 80% of seats and others get 20% that includes opposition too, is unprecedented. When people have showered their unconditional love and blessing our responsibilities have only gone up. We humbly accept this victory. And for the span of next five years we will humbly serve the people of Gujarat as their workers. We will not detract from serving people of the state. In this election all voters are our own even where we have won or where we were little short of victory. We are liable to serve every single inch land of this city, every single inch of land of all the six metros. It is our responsibility to serve every single person.

Just because we won doesn't mean we can ridicule or degrade anybody. This sin isn't acceptable to us and we won't indulge in it. Our path is of humility and perseverance. And winning and losing are parts of the democracy. Even after this victory, there should be a determination to serve the people and be completely prepared to accept a defeat. And we hold this determination. And this should be our spirit. In democracy opposition plays an important role and we have to respect and honour it. BJP party has carried out this tradition and it will follow it in the future too. We believe in democracy, we want to strengthen the structure of democracy. We don't want to fall short in making our contribution towards democracy. And therefore, Brothers and Sisters, as far as winning the election is concerned, it comes with humility & perseverance. It comes with the message of giving equal respect to the opposition. And I assure that my Party will always try to maintain the dignity of the democracy. We are conscious about it.

Friends, this election is not over at this point. Our journey has just begun. It has started with the blessings of Maa Chamunda and in Navratri, we have reached Karnavati via Kathlal. Chotila, where we never won, people have given us triumph. In Kathlal, we never won in last 60 years; people have made us win here. Some people on TV participate in debate without any proper information.... I want to say to these Pundits that few days ago Kathlal which is a village area, for the first time in past 60 years we have got this historical victory... and still if you don't have faith in us, wait for 10 more days.. I have faith in people of Gujarat and people of Gujarat need development and they are supporting development. It's only because of the support of these people that BJP is continuously moving ahead on the journey of Victory.

Brothers and sisters, in this election we have moved ahead on the path of peace, security and development (shanti, salamati aur vikas) and on the other hand people have chosen tornado of negative tactics and criticism. They have not left a single issue to criticise BJP, they create rumours like there is a misunderstanding between the party and its workers... workers are divided and everything is finished... I want to tell all these Mehraban people to at least draw lines somewhere.. Learn something from this election... How long you'll try to trade on lies... lies don't work.. And it doesn't reach to the hearts of people... Whatever that is in front of people reaches their eyes also. We may have a very little space in newspaper but we have ensconced in the hearts of people and we have proved it. I know we will have to put more efforts to reach Media. But with love and affection and with my efforts I'll win them too and that day will come soon because we want to serve Gujarat and we want to serve the nation

Friends, people are shocked that Muslims have voted for us in large numbers. Friends, victory in 80% proves more than 30% of Muslims have voted for us. I want to tell all political pundits that vote bank politics won't be able to do any good. We have been able to communicate this to people that vote bank politics and politics of appeasement won't do any good; it takes politics of development to win the hearts of people.

More than 30% of Muslims have voted for BJP and this election has brought out the truth. We have defeated them on every booth in Kathlal. People know what truth is and what blatant lie is.

I want to mention one more thing. Few years ago, during an election campaign, Shriman Rajiv Gandhi had painted opponents as snake and other creatures. He later lost that election. That time Congress was in a pathetic condition. It was a vainglorious, negative campaign that media had extremely criticized... Friends' people should learn from us, through this election, I can see that people don't approve of negative tactics. We have moved ahead with positive approach and this is exactly why people have accepted us with our shortcomings, over looked our faults and showered their blessings on us.

This election has given us a message that India's politics and the voters are so mature that they don't approve of negative politics. They'll welcome your criticism, but they won't approve of allegations. This message is not only for those who have lost, but also for those who are victorious.”

“In last days, TV media friends were contacting us, that why BJP has not released TV ads? Ads of Congress Party had already reached them. I told them we didn't thought about it. I only give ads about my tour plans and for giving election ads I will have to discuss it with my party. We didn't do that, because we didn't want negative campaign. If Sardar Patel was an issue, it was positive issue.”

But Friends, I am proud of the intelligence of people. How excellently people catch things. People have a third eye in the democracy, a sixth sense. Well, a party published an advertisement and people voted exactly as per it. The advertisement was of the Congress. And people followed the message given in that advertisement. The advertisement said, ‘Destroy Ravana, the demon with ten heads'. People do perform their duty. They have destroyed the Ravana. I thank & congratulate people. I compliment the people that in such situation also they found the truth. People are hundred times ahead of us, Brothers. No words are enough to salute the people. Hats off to the people!

From the day one we have been telling our Congress friends that their Vainglory will lead to their downfall. If they are using power to destroy others they won't be saved either. It's in front of people how the post of Governor is misused. 15 years ago Governor House used to be Congress house. The prestigious post of a Governor was used for Congress. This trend died for a few years during the regime of Atal bihari Vajypayee, V. P Singh and Narishma Rao .Now Congress has lost its patience, it has lost faith in people therefore; it is misusing the prestigious post of Governor. Whatever is happening in Kartanataka is to deminish its honour and in the entire country, the workers of BJP party will not accept this and they would demand a justification from Delhi Government. UPA Government soon after coming to power sacked all the governors appointed by Atal Bihar Vijpayee. This matter was taken to the Supreme Court and six months ago SC has passed judgement that the decision taken by UPA government to sack the appointed governors is inappropriate. Round the clock these people keep on talking about Supreme Court, this is decision against them given by Supreme Court, but they are not even concerned about it. Brothers and Sisters, the way things are shaping in Karanataka, the governor is coming forward in the battle field and functioning in the form of a party, they are scheming to root out the BJP government, the government elected by people, the people friendly government. They won the trust vote and so now they think, let's do something so that they lose the Confidence Vote again.

Brothers and Sisters, this country never accepts such deeds and actions for a long time. I had told Congress repeatedly that they can blatantly misuse CBI to put somebody in the Jail but they won't be able to use it to win an election. I had told them they can publish fake stories in newspaper but they won't be able to settle in the hearts of people with their blatant lies.

People of Gujarat have proved that they are not scared of CBI; people of Gujarat are the ones who settle the score by the power of their votes. My friends, I am doing this analysis because such things never happened. In politics it is fair to use favorable tactics but to back-stab people is inappropriate. I thought that the Congress will learn a lesson from the result of Kathlal, even people of Gujarat might have thought that they would learn a lesson from it, but they haven't. I hope that Congress would give up misusing Legal institutions. Our mantra of democracy says take along apposition as well and maintain its respect and honor. But their mantra is to squash the opposition.

Who is Modi? What can Janta of Gujarat do? Who are those people who always beat us? We are those who belong to the land of Sardar Patel. Brothers and Sister, it is vital that we understand these things. What kind of strategy and conduct we should follow. Brothers and sisters, it's not that Janta can find out the truth from one advertisement. Janta has even managed to find the truth between K and KH. They were about to go straightaway, but survived due to some or the other reason. Janta has realised it and finished the game. Friends, this proves that victory follows truth. God has always been with truth. It's the time of Navaratri and Maa Shakti has showered her blessings on us, it's because of her blessings that we are able to destroy so many forces. This Delhi force and its tactics are very dangerous but Gujarat has learned to fight with it and we have fought each time and hoisted the flag of BJP's victory.

This victory is historical. This is the atmosphere of anti incumbency. To win all 6 corporations, I don't know if these people are discussing this in Delhi, I didn't watch television today. I was watching Sachin Tendulkar's century today so I am unaware of it, but, from what I see here, I don't know if they have covered election result on News but I am sure think if not the positive message, the negative one from my speech for sure will be appearing in newspapers.

Brothers and sisters, I say this with faith to the people of Gujarat and Janta of 6 cities consider me as one of your corporators from Gandhinagar. The Government of Gandhinagar will add one more to the corporators elected by you. All the pending tasks will be completed, this vikas yatra will move ahead. People have seen all the changes led by development. Just the way when heart becomes contented when it rains heavily, today Janta of Gujarat has seen Vikas. They are contented with development, and they know that the educational needs of their kids will be taken care of, their kids will get employment. They think life will improve, they have spend their entire life in poverty but they can be contented that their future generation will be able live a better life. This faith has been developed.

Today I was watching some friends on television who after losing said its all lie. Where can we see development? I am shocked; they are saying where do we notice development? I am really shocked. I heard somebody saying this on Gujarati television around 4:30. I just want to say to them if you can't see any development just take a ride once in 108, you'll be able to see what was the situation earlier and how it has changed today. Just go there casually to watch it; you don't have to be ill for that. Just go and watch it once. Now if they can't see any development, tell me how do I show it to them? I don't know if any spectacles are available by which these people will be able to see the development. Therefore, I say my friends, people who are vigilant for them there are many facilities but for those who fake sleep while being awake, for them, I don't have any antidote. I don't have any spectacles for them. When I was coming here, my friends gave me this note, which has made me really happy. In Karnavati 53 out of 63 reserved women candidates won, 18 out of 21 Schedule caste candidates won 15 out of 20 OBC candidates of BJP won. It is said about us that we are upper class party that we are a Party of the North India but please do watch the result. This shows how blatant lies are used against us. If someone says, we are urban party, what is Kathlal then? If someone says we are north India party, what is Karnataka then? If someone says we are upper class party, then what this civic result shows?” I had said today, I am going to clear all the illusion. Therefore, my friends I had to take up all these issues, otherwise I have no interest in raising these issues.

I want to move ahead, I want serve people. God has given me this opportunity to serve people; this victory is not meant for my comforts. I want to bring the journey of development to your village, to the home of a poor. Whatever time I have got, we have done more than ever before and I want to do and serve much more. Want to do good to the people excessively. The opportunity that God has given is dedicated only to the public service, and is neither for my pleasure and comfort, nor for my enjoyment. And therefore, brothers & Sisters, I compliment you, congratulate you. By humbly accepting the mandate of the people of Gujarat, I assure that we all will serve with all the power.

People create controversies they say is it BJP's victory or Modi's victory. I don't know the cause behind this discussion. Had BJP not been there, Modi wouldn't have been noticed in any corner. If Modi is something it is all because of Bhartiya Janta Party. If Modi is something it is because of the hard work and sweat of lacs of BJP workers. What could Modi be without the hard work and efforts of BJP workers? But some people continue to circulate these rumors. This party and its workers are everything to me; this party is my mother and my father. This party is able to function because of its worker. Who are we? If there is something alive inside us it is the feeling to serve the people and we want to move ahead with it. There can be no distance between us; the party and its workers. We have continuously tried to reduce this distance and therefore this victory is victory of Team BJP. If there is victory, it's the victory of R C Faldu, the President of BJP, under whose leadership we fought this battle. This victory is victory of thousands of (Karya Kartas) workers; it's because of their relentless efforts that we have won. It's is the victory of those workers who have worked day and night, irrespective of whether they got the ticket or not, who have continued to work even when it they had heartaches. Such is my party and such are the workers of my party and we are all co-workers, there is no hierarchy, we function without the top and bottom, without the front and the back. We all follow and move ahead in the same direction of working for Mother India and to make it lead in the world and we all are drudging for the same. We are working to make India the Vishvwa Guru in the world. And therefore, brothers and sisters I owe this victory to Maa Bharat and thousands of workers of BJP Party.

And I appeal and I want to tell this all my intellectual friends that I am a small worker belonging to a small family. I haven't come here with any dreams for my life; for goodness sake do not make me bigger than my party. This hurts me a lot. 40 years ago, I had left my home just to serve the nation and I don't know why the intellectuals fail to understand my feelings. They keep on playing their games. And, what hurts me the most is that no son can be bigger than his mother and Bhartiya Janta Party is my mother. This victory is victory of the BJP and thousands of workers of BJP. It is the victory of the President of BJP and the state representatives of the BJP.

As a worker, some work was assigned to me and I did that, some work went to other workers which they did. We people love to work with the feeling of dedication (samarpan). We wish to see eternal Gujarat, glorious Gujarat. We want poor to be freed from the poverty. We have come out with a sacred vision. In this moment of victory, I recall those words, how can I contribute more, how do I work more, how do I serve more. We are grounded people; we don't fly high after the victory. And the more mud you will throw, more lotuses will bloom and those who slam us the Janta Janardan has given a befitting reply to them.

But let's follow the principle of democracy; let's adhere to its laws and we shouldn't forget that opposition party is our co-working party. No matter what I go through, I request you all to treat your co-workers and co-working party with respect. I'll settle my score with them and deal with them in my own way but my friends; you, please don't fail to adhere to the principle of democracy. We will not take any pledges but we will fight the battle and we will fight only to win, I say this with utmost faith as we are standing on the land of truthfulness. Sin is not our path. Lies don't live on for long. The final thing, the bottom line for me has always and always been Janta's blessings. For me Janta is a form of God, and we are able to move ahead only because of their blessings.

Brothers and sister, I congratulate you on this victory, and I humbly thank each one of you who have given us this victory and I assure that this journey of development will march ahead.

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It is our sacred duty to leave a healthy planet for our future generations: PM

Excellency, President of the General Assembly,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Namaste

I thank the President of the General Assembly for organising this High-Level Dialogue.

Land is the fundamental building block for supporting all lives and livelihoods. And, all of us understand that the web of life functions as an inter-connected system. Sadly, land degradation affects over two-thirds of the world today. If left unchecked, it will erode the very foundations of our societies, economies, food security, health, safety and quality of life. Therefore, we have to reduce the tremendous pressure on land and its resources. Clearly, a lot of work lies ahead of us. But we can do it. We can do it together.

Mr. President,

In India, we have always given importance to land and considered the sacred Earth as our mother. India has taken the lead to highlight land degradation issues at international forums. The Delhi Declaration of 2019 called for better access and stewardship over land, and emphasised gender-sensitive transformative projects. In India, over the last 10 years, around 3 million hectares of forest cover has been added. This has enhanced the combined forest cover to almost one-fourth of the country's total area.

We are on track to achieve our national commitment of Land degradation neutrality. We are also working towards restoring 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030. This would contribute to India's commitment to achieve an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

We believe that restoration of land can start a virtuous cycle of good soil health, increased land productivity, food security and improved livelihoods. In many parts of India, we have taken up some novel approaches. To give just one example, the Banni region in Rann of Kutch in Gujarat suffers from highly degraded land and receives very little rainfall. In that region, land restoration is done by developing grasslands, which helps in achieving land degradation neutrality.  It also supports pastoral activities and livelihood by promoting animal husbandry. In the same spirit, we need to devise effective strategies for land restoration while promoting indigenous techniques.

Mr. President,

Land degradation poses a special challenge to the developing world. In the spirit of South-South cooperation, India is assisting fellow developing countries to develop land restoration strategies. A Centre of Excellence is being set up in India to promote a scientific approach towards land degradation issues.

Mr. President,

It is mankind's collective responsibility to reverse the damage to land caused by human activity. It is our sacred duty to leave a healthy planet for our future generations. For their sake and ours, I extend my best wishes for productive deliberations at this High-Level Dialogue.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.