Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Sanskritik Mahotsav of the Bihar Gujarat Mitrata Sangh (BIGMAS) in Ahmedabad on the evening of Sunday 17th November 2013. In his speech Shri Narendra Modi highlighted the close bond that exists between Bihar and Gujarat and saluted the people of Bihar for the courage they had shown during the BJP’s Hunkaar Rally on 27th October 2013. Shri Modi said, “What I saw in Patna on 27th October showed me the strength of the people of Bihar and I salute them. There were bombs but people were helping the injured and retuning to the public meeting. Imagine the Mansik Shakti of the people of Bihar! And one need not view what happened that time only from a political view. The strength of the people was beyond that.”
Shri Modi said that the people of Bihar worship all forms of the Sun God and he lauded the commitment that the people of Bihar have towards cleanliness.
Shri Modi talked about integrating people of the nation so that the nation can work together to achieve goals. He gave the example of his visit to Japan where everywhere he say stickers of Tokyo getting the Olympic games in 2020. Shri Modi stated that he had gone to Japan before the games were awarded to Tokyo but there an atmosphere was created that the games must come to Japan. He asked why we couldn’t replicate the same in India.
Shri Modi called upon the people of India to think of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary on similar lines and urged the people to come together and decide what they want to do from now itself. Shri Modi added that among the many ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, one ideal that must be embraced is Mahatma Gandhi’s importance to cleanliness. Modi ji called for creating a Nirmal Bharat where cities and villages are kept clean.
He described unity in diversity is India’s specialty and other nations are not blessed with such uniqueness. Shri Modi said that the nation does not want Vibhajan but it wants Vikas. He also talked about the Statue of Unity as a tribute to Sardar Patel.
Former Bihar Minister Shri Giriraj Singh spoke during the occasion. Also present was Rajya Sabha MP Shri Parimal Nathwani.