Dr Smt Kamlajee, Governor of Gujarat, presided over the International Kite Festival inauguration ceremony; Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the festival in Ahmedabad today.

Dr Smt Kamlajee has said that India has scaled new heights of development, with an aim to become a developed country. She called upon the people to make their contribution for sustaining the journey of growth. She expressed confidence that the youth would like to contribute in realising the vision of development. The Governor welcomed the National and International kite-flyers at the Kite Festival. She observed that the Kite Festival would be a thrilling experience for them. Kite Flyers from around 37 nations- France, England, Israel, Italy, Mozambique, and Netherlands- are rubbing shoulders with the Kitists who are representing the 10 States of India. This year, the Kite Festival which is being organised at Dhordo desert and Mandavi Sea-Coasts would boost tourism activities in the State, she added. The Governor extended her greetings to fellow citizens on the occasion of Makarsankranti festival.

The Surya Vandana performed by children enticed the audience. It is to be noted that around 5000 Seva Township’s Primary School Children offered obeisance to Sun God. Audience watched in glee as the sky was full of colorful kites; Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi shared the pleasure of kite flying.

Shri Narendra Modi said that the true pleasure comes from scaling fresh heights of development, and the kite inspires us for the same. Having conflicting roles with nature the humankind is facing many crises. Gujarat has shown the path, by showing its immense devotion to nature. Gujarat has positively connected the nature with development, added CM.

CM congratulated the children for their superb performance; around 5000 children from backward and underprivileged classes had performed Surya-Vandana today.

CM highlighted the achievements in tourism sector, “Glittering events such as Ranotsav, Lion Show, and Navratri Festival has propelled the tourism sector to new heights, which has truly earned a global identity. Gir, Dwarika and Somnath have got immense potential to attract the tourists.”

CM claimed that the Kite Industry is to grow up to Rs 700 Cr, creating employment options for the poor, in the next 5 years. Presently the kite industry is doing business of around Rs 400 Cr. He invited the institutes like National Institute of Design (NID) to develop new designs for kites, Manja and Firki. With view to fighting against the global warming, Shri Modiji also announced to organise ‘Poetry competitions’ on the themes of kites and nature from next year.

Shri Narendra Modi expressed gratitude, particularly to the national and international kite-flyers for their overwhelming response to the event. With their participation the Kite Festival has acquired the global identity. Tourism Minister, Shri Jaynarayan Vyas praised Chief Minister’s initiatives of organising kite festival since seven years.

Winners of kite-competitions received prizes at the hands of Governor and Chief Minister.

Speaker of the Assembly Prof Mangaldas Patel, Ministers, eminent leaders, Chief Secretary Shri A.K.Joti, MD Tourism Corporation Shri Vipul Mitra were among the others who attended the function.

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Expressing anguish over Cooch Behar incident, PM Modi said, “What happened in Cooch Behar is very saddening. My sympathies are with the families of those who died, I condole their demise. Didi and her goons are perturbed, seeing the people's support for BJP. She has stooped to this level as she can see her chair slipping away.”

Reacting to the violence in Cooch Behar, he also said, “Didi, this violence, tactics of instigating people to attack the Security Forces, the tactics of obstructing the polling process will not protect you. This violence can't protect you from the 10 years of your ill-governance.”

Amidst the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, the Prime Minister asserted, “I saw a video on social media. In it, the tourism minister of Bengal who is close to Didi is threatening the people of the state, saying if people voted for BJP, people will be thrown out of the Bengal. Will you accept this language, such sort of threat?”

Accusing Mamata didi for not showing her 10 years report card of her governance, PM Modi remarked, “Didi's goons are not able to do 'chhappa votes' this time around and thus, Didi is angry. She never presented her report card for 10 years. She should be giving the account of her works, her nephew's works and her goons' works.”

PM Modi, who has been relentlessly campaigning in West Bengal during assembly elections, hit out at Mamata Banerjee for her government’s patronage to syndicates, tolabaazs and cut-money mafias during a rally in Siliguri.

“It's time to change the kind of political environment, that has been created in Bengal for past several decades. 'Tolabaaj mukt' Bengal will be formed now. 'Syndicate mukt' Bengal will be formed now. 'Cut money mukt' Bengal will be formed now,” he added further.

Talking about TMC leader Sujata Mondal who made disparaging comments against the Dalit community. PM Modi without taking name said, “The thinking of Didi and TMC leaders is coming out in the open. A video is going viral on social media where a leader close to Didi can be seen blatantly accusing the Scheduled Caste community of Bengal as ‘beggars by nature’.”

In Siliguri, PM Modi accused Didi for not giving even tap-water to the people of Bengal, he said, “She did not provide irrigation water in the fields. But the rivers here were handed over to the mafias. Every scheme has tolabaz, every scheme has cut-money. A few days ago in Siliguri, Didi said that her tolabaaz only take 100-500 rupees, what is the big deal in this?”

Exuding confidence of forming the BJP government in the state, the PM stated, “In Bengal, after we form the government, you will be provided all benefits and schemes without cut money. The BJP government in Bengal will work on lines of how we worked during COVID lockdown. The Central government sent thousands of crores to everyone during the lockdown. The BJP government in Bengal will work with the same transparency.”

In Krishnanagar’s rally, the Prime Minister said, “After a wait for decades, the 'mahayagya' of 'ashol poribortan' has started in Bengal. This 'mahayagya' will teach a lesson to appeasers. After years of bloodshed, fear, atrocity and goondaism, Bengal will now walk towards peace and progress to fulfil the vision of 'Sonar Bangla'. This land will be freed of mafia, cow traffickers and infiltration.”

“The BJP has come into existence with the blessings of Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee,” PM Modi said. The Prime Minister added that his party is fortunate that the people of Bengal are going to give them the opportunity to serve Bengal.

Taking a jibe at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, PM Modi said, “Seeing defeat, she has decided to do politics outside Bengal. The Varanasi thing has not been come out like this. That is, after the election, Didi will take an exit and the nephew will stake claim to play a new Khela in Bengal. This is also a game, which the people of Bengal have to understand.”

PM Modi slammed TMC supremo for abusing EC, CAPF, EVM, he asserted, “Didi abuses EC, CAPF, EVM.. to the extent, that Didi is abusing her own party's polling agents now. She is so desperate that she is defaming Bengal's voters. Didi, o Didi! People of Bengal don't expect you to have sensitivity any more.”

The Prime Minister criticised the ruling Trinamool Congress government, he alleged, “What did TMC government give to the youth of Bengal - unemployment, riots, lathis, and now, insults. Even the minority classes that Didi continued to serve are also at distress due to cut money and syndicate.”

Touting “double engine ki sarkar” as the best option for voters the Prime Minister said, “I request all young karyakartas to help spread the word of ‘ashol poriborton’ to their families and neighbours. He ended his speech with an appeal to voters to press the button for the lotus flower in upcoming elections. “In every seat and in every booth you just have to remember one thing ‘Ebar kamal chap, TMC saaf” the Prime Minister said.