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“We are moving with the mantra of Developed Gujarat for a developed India”
“Rajkot kept on teaching me and I kept on learning. Rajkot was my first school”
“Without a life of basic facilities and dignity, it is impossible to come out of poverty”
“Slogans of ‘gareebi hatao, roti-kapda-makaan’, which were given decades ago, remained just slogans”
“The previous governments constructed houses for the poor not as a responsibility but as a favour. It is our constant effort to make the house of the poor better”
“In the last two decades, the export of engineering-related things from Rajkot has exceeded 5 thousand crore rupees”
“More than 13 percent of the world's ceramics are produced in Morbi alone”

How are you all the people of Rajkot?

Are you happy?

Recently, you organized a tremendous festival of Navratri. You got this opportunity to celebrate after two years. How is the preparation for Diwali? I can already see your Diwali preparations. Today, Rajkot is all decked up. Can anybody imagine that Navratri and Vijayadashami festivals are just over and you must have been tired of playing ‘Garba’, still you are waiting for Dhanteras and preparing for Diwali? The New Year is round the corner and small traders have so much to do and still Rajkot has organized such a grand event. I salute Rajkot for welcoming and honouring me with so much love and blessings.

Diwali to us means accounting for everything done throughout the year and New Year means beginning of a new resolution and the tendency to move forward with determination. I am presenting you Diwali gifts in the form of several projects which have been completed today in the entire Saurashtra, including Rajkot. The projects whose foundation stones have been laid today are in a way the foundation for new resolutions. Many such projects related to connectivity, industry, water, facilities for people etc will make Rajkot very powerful. The citizens’ lives will become easier.

A new campaign was launched to build houses at six places in the country by using the world's best technology. Rajkot was one of them. And 1144 houses have been made here by using new technology. The speed and technology with which these houses have been built in spite of the Corona crisis shows good work is possible if there is good governance, commitment and concern for the needs of the people. Congratulations to the Minister in the Government of India, Hardeep Singh Puri, and the Chief Minister of the Government of Gujarat Bhupendrabhai and his team, and Rajkot for these houses.

Today, I especially congratulate the mothers and sisters who have become the owners of these beautiful houses made with the new technology. Let’s pray that Goddess Lakshmi reside in your houses which have been built around Diwali. I was asking everybody about the house while I was handing over the keys. The satisfaction on their faces summed up everything regarding the houses. Otherwise, it is better not to mention the government houses. But there is a government now which is accountable to the people.

In the last 21 years, we have dreamed together, taken many steps and have achieved the pinnacle of many accomplishments. And for me, Rajkot was my first school. Like Mahatma Gandhi was fortunate that he was born in Porbandar and got schooling in Rajkot. Similarly, I was fortunate to be born in North Gujarat and my first stint in the power and politics began from Rajkot. Look at the power of the land of Rajkot. It blessed Gandhiji and today Gandhiji has become an inspiration for us. Similarly, you blessed me and it has been two decades and my responsibility is ever increasing. This is the power of the blessings of Rajkot.

Our Vajubhai (Vala) vacated his seat and I was sent to Rajkot and you adopted me. This journey began with your blessings and today this journey has become an opportunity to take the development of Gujarat and the country to new heights. I can never repay this debt of Rajkot. I am indebted to you. Now that I am in your midst, I bow my head and offer these development projects to you with complete dedication, brothers.

I learned a lot from you as a student. I understood a lot and what Rajkot has taught me is proving useful to the country today, brothers. Today, the rules and regulations of Gujarat are discussed. Navratri festival was being celebrated when players from all over the country came to Gujarat for the biggest sports event in the country. Most of the players spoke with me on the phone and many others shared their experience in Gujarat on social media that there was no fear or apprehension even if the girls and sisters were going anywhere in the night wearing gold ornaments. People coming from all over the country were surprised when they experienced all these things in Rajkot and in Gujarat.

This is the result of giving priority to the rule of law. Otherwise, what was the situation here in Rajkot and the entire Saurashtra? During the days of Jana Sangh, our Chimanbhai Shukla and Suryakantbhai Acharya had formed a committee against the anti-social elements and launched a campaign. I was not in politics then. The Jana Sangh had fought against these anti-social elements in Rajkot and the entire Saurashtra.

Today, there is proper law and order and peace after the formation of the BJP government. Today every section of the society is enjoying the freedom from the anti-social elements whether it is criminals, mafia, terrorists or the gangs of usurpers. Peace, harmony and unity have become the guarantee of a bright future of the children in the mind of every parent. And there is very hard work behind this. Today I feel very proud and happy, brothers.

We have been making this kind of progress continuously. We have made constant efforts in the last few decades so that our Gujarat becomes more capable. We always encouraged the environment and atmosphere needed for that. Today Gujarat is progressing at a fast pace as a result of the efforts of the government.

We continued with the mantra of developed Gujarat for a developed India and prosperous Gujarat for a prosperous India. We launched the Vibrant Gujarat campaign and invited people from all over the world for investment. We also organized Krishi Mahotsav. This Krishi Mahotsav would continue for a month during the hot summers. Today, the state, where agriculture was not possible as there used to be famines, is producing enough food grains. This state has attracted the attention of the people of India by achieving agricultural growth of 9 -10 percent. Garib Kalyan Melas are held in Gujarat to empower the poor. We have seen that when the poor and the middle class people are empowered, the whole society gathers momentum. And on top of it, if there is a roof over your head, when you get your own house, it leads to the beginning of a respectable life. Everybody has a desire to have his own house.

Your government has launched several schemes for the middle class and the poor people to build their own house. The house should be such that one can enjoy living in it. It should have toilets, electricity, water, gas, internet connectivity, optical fiber network, etc to meet the needs of modern life.

An ordinary human being coming out of poverty through his hard work gets trapped in the cycle of poverty again if anybody in the family falls ill. In such an event, a poor family is forced to beg. But if there is health security in our society, then that poor becomes free from worries. Keeping this in mind, we implemented the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana or PM-JAY. Now under the PM-JAY scheme, free treatment to the tune of five lakh rupees is also being given. And this scheme is benefiting crores of people, brothers.

Brothers and sisters,

Slogans of ‘gareebi hatao’ and ‘roti-kapda’ became very popular. These slogans were so irresponsible that we would eat half a chapati, but would ensure so many things. It continued for several decades. But I said these are mere slogans and I have to change your life. We don’t need half a chapati but proper food. Your life should be such that you are able to feed a hungry person if he comes to your house. These people made palaces for themselves by joining politics, but never cared about the houses for the poor. I launched a country-wide campaign to provide pucca houses to the poor.

There is a force behind this. Today, Rajkot and all of Gujarat have earned a name for setting up industries. I remember giving a speech several years ago when I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Several years ago, I predicted that the entire stretch of Morbi, Rajkot and Jamnagar would become mini-Japan soon. At that time, people made fun of me. You tell me my brothers, did my prediction become true or not. Today Rajkot has become a centre of the engineering industry. I could see at that time that this entire region of Morbi, Rajkot and Jamnagar had the strength to propel Gujarat to the top.

Brothers and sisters,

As far as the promise of giving houses to the people, we have provided more than three crore pucca houses to the people in villages and cities in the last eight years. Out of the promised 10 lakh pucca houses for Gujarat, seven lakh houses have already been handed over to the people. I congratulate Bhupendrabhai and his team for doing this work to take Gujarat forward. I admire him for his concern not only for the poor, but for the middle class people as well. We have secured the dreams of the middle class people by enacting RERA.

We have given 11,000 crore rupees to the middle class people in Gujarat so that they can build their own houses. There is so much work happening in Gujarat that now laborers have to be brought from outside. We are also planning houses for these workers so that they do not face any problem in their life.

We don’t build the way houses were made during the tenure of the previous governments. We don’t do any favour. We do all these works so that you become self-reliant and prosperous. There is a multi-dimensional approach in whatever we do. This Light House project in Rajkot is part of our continuous efforts to make our society powerful and fulfill the dreams of independent India.

This Light House project in Rajkot is a kind of a model for the country. Everybody, including engineering students, university students and people working in the real estate sector, are going to benefit from the Light House project of Rajkot. This will pave the way for new houses for millions of poor and middle class families. We are also making plans for the rapid progress of Rajkot in a modern way by speeding up infrastructure projects and connecting the entire Saurashtra. We are working to bring revolutionary changes, brothers and sisters.

There should be self-reliance in the country through the use of modern technology. We have launched a campaign so that people can also emulate this in their life. We are training the youth and encouraging them to come up with new start-ups.


Development does not mean building roads, markets, malls and plazas in the cities. Urban life has a great responsibility, and it is also an opportunity to fulfill this responsibility and also a new dimension for development. We have also taken care of street vendors and vegetable sellers. We have ensured that they can get loans from banks without any guarantee. We have ensured that they can get loans under the SVANidhi Yojana easily.

Brothers and sisters,

Today you can see Digital India emerging as a major force. We introduced the cheapest internet in the world and today the street vendor also makes digital transactions. We can see many such things in Gujarat and Gujarat is getting its benefits, brothers. Not only this, its effect is also growing.

Small Scale Industries or the MSMEs have done a great job for the development of Rajkot. There is hardly any place in the country where pumps and machine tools made here are not available. Several brands like Falcon Pump, Phil Marshals, Angel Pump, Rotec Engineering, Jalganga Pump, Silver Pump, Rotec Pump, Siddhi Engineers, Gujarat Forging, Top Land, etc have reached every nook and corner of India. These are also being exported. Rajkot has created this power.

Today, the spare parts for the automobile industry that has grown in India are made in Rajkot. What can be more pride than this that a car which is made in Gujarat is imported by Japan and its spare parts are made in Rajkot. There was a time when Gujarat did not even manufacture bicycles. And mark my words, the day is not far when a plane will be made in Gujarat and spare parts of the plane will also be made in Rajkot.

Rajkot has done wonders in the last two decades, brothers and sisters. A new history has been written in the last two decades. A study by a university shows that Rajkot has exported engineering products worth five lakh crore rupees. This is the power of Rajkot which is brightening the future of the youth. As a result, people are getting many jobs as well.

Our Morbi is also doing wonders. Ceramic tiles of Morbi have become famous all over the world today. About 13 percent of the ceramic work of the world is happening in Morbi alone. And hence, Morbi is being recognized as the Town of Export Excellence, brothers. Walls, floors, bathrooms, toilets, etc are incomplete without Morbi, brothers. It can’t be done without Morbi. When Morbi was flooded and fishes were badly affected, no one could have imagined that Morbi would rise again. Today, Morbi is raising others, brothers.

I remember Morbi was on the take-off stage at that time. I realized that Morbi could do wonders if gas reaches there. We laid the pipeline of industrial gas and gave new strength to Morbi. Today investment of 15,000 crores for the ceramic park in Morbi is big news. The growth of different industries in Gujarat in the last 20-22 years has led to several benefits. The new industrial policy announced by Bhupendrabhai's government is also going to benefit the new generations in the coming days.

Brothers and sisters,

Along with traditional industries, there are many possibilities emerging in Rajkot, Saurashtra and Gujarat, brothers. I feel extremely proud and satisfied when I have come here to offer so many projects to you. I am once again grateful to Rajkot for the warm welcome you have accorded me. I will forever be indebted to Rajkot and will not miss any opportunity to serve Rajkot. With this belief, once again many congratulations to all of you and best wishes.


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ऊँ नम: शिवाय, शिवाय नम:!

हर हर महादेव!

सबसे पहले, विभिन्न आदीनम् से जुड़े आप सभी पूज्य संतों का मैं शीश झुकाकर अभिनंदन करता हूं। आज मेरे निवास स्थान पर आपके चरण पड़े हैं, ये मेरे लिए बहुत सौभाग्य की बात है। ये भगवान शिव की कृपा है जिसकी वजह से मुझे एक साथ आप सभी शिव भक्तों के दर्शन करने का मौका मिला है। मुझे इस बात की भी बहुत खुशी है कि कल नए संसद भवन के लोकार्पण के समय आप सभी वहां साक्षात आकर के आशीर्वाद देने वाले हैं।

पूज्य संतगण,

हम सभी जानते हैं कि हमारे स्वतंत्रता संग्राम में तमिलनाडु की कितनी महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका रही है। वीरमंगई वेलु नाचियार से लेकर मरुदु भाइयों तक, सुब्रह्मण्य भारती से लेकर नेताजी सुभाष चंद्र बोस के साथ जुड़ने वाले अनेकों तमिल लोगों तक, हर युग में तमिलनाडु, भारतीय राष्ट्रवाद का गढ़ रहा है। तमिल लोगों के दिल में हमेशा से मां भारती की सेवा की, भारत के कल्याण की भावना रही है। बावजूद इसके, ये बहुत दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है कि भारत की आजादी में तमिल लोगों के योगदान को वो महत्व नहीं दिया गया, जो दिया जाना चाहिए था। अब बीजेपी ने इस विषय को प्रमुखता से उठाना शुरू किया है। अब देश के लोगों को भी पता चल रहा है कि महान तमिल परंपरा और राष्ट्रभक्ति के प्रतीक तमिलनाडु के साथ क्या व्यवहार हुआ था।

जब आजादी का समय आया, तब सत्ता के हस्तांतरण के प्रतीक को लेकर प्रश्न उठा था। इसके लिए हमारे देश में अलग-अलग परंपराएं रही हैं। अलग-अलग रीति-रिवाज भी रहे हैं। लेकिन उस समय राजाजी और आदीनम् के मार्गदर्शन में हमें अपनी प्राचीन तमिल संस्कृति से एक पुण्य मार्ग मिला था। ये मार्ग था- सेंगोल के माध्यम से सत्ता हस्तांतरण का। तमिल परंपरा में, शासन चलाने वाले को सेंगोल दिया जाता था। सेंगोल इस बात का प्रतीक था कि उसे धारण करने वाले व्यक्ति पर देश के कल्याण की जिम्मेदारी है और वो कभी कर्तव्य के मार्ग से विचलित नहीं होगा। सत्ता हस्तांतरण के प्रतीक के तौर पर तब 1947 में पवित्र तिरुवावडुतुरै आदीनम् द्वारा एक विशेष सेंगोल तैयार किया गया था। आज उस दौर की तस्वीरें हमें याद दिला रही हैं कि तमिल संस्कृति और आधुनिक लोकतंत्र के रूप में भारत की नियति के बीच कितना भावुक और आत्मीय संबंध रहा है। आज उन गहरे संबंधों की गाथा इतिहास के दबे हुए पन्नों से बाहर निकलकर एक बार फिर जीवंत हो उठी है। इससे उस समय की घटनाओं को समझने का सही दृष्टिकोण भी मिलता है। और इसके साथ ही, हमें ये भी पता चलता है कि सत्ता के हस्तांतरण के इस सबसे बड़े प्रतीक के साथ क्या किया गया।

मेरे देशवासियों,

आज मैं राजाजी और विभिन्न आदीनम् की दूरदर्शिता को भी विशेष तौर पर नमन करूंगा। आदीनम के एक सेंगोल ने, भारत को सैकड़ों वर्षों की गुलामी के हर प्रतीक से मुक्ति दिलाने की शुरुआत कर दी थी। जब भारत की आजादी का प्रथम पल आया, आजादी का प्रथम पल, वो क्षण आया, तो ये सेंगोल ही था, जिसने गुलामी से पहले वाले कालखंड और स्वतंत्र भारत के उस पहले पल को आपस में जोड़ दिया था। इसलिए, इस पवित्र सेंगोल का महत्व सिर्फ इतना ही नहीं है कि ये 1947 में सत्ता हस्तांतरण का प्रतीक बना था। इस सेंगोल का महत्व इसलिए भी है क्योंकि इसने गुलामी के पहले वाले गौरवशाली भारत से, उसकी परंपराओं से, स्वतंत्र भारत के भविष्य को कनेक्ट कर दिया था। अच्छा होता कि आजादी के बाद इस पूज्य सेंगोल को पर्याप्त मान-सम्मान दिया जाता, इसे गौरवमयी स्थान दिया जाता। लेकिन ये सेंगोल, प्रयागराज में, आनंद भवन में, Walking Stick यानि पैदल चलने पर सहारा देने वाली छड़ी कहकर, प्रदर्शनी के लिए रख दिया गया था। आपका ये सेवक और हमारी सरकार, अब उस सेंगोल को आनंद भवन से निकालकर लाई है। आज आजादी के उस प्रथम पल को नए संसद भवन में सेंगोल की स्थापना के समय हमें फिर से पुनर्जीवित करने का मौका मिला है। लोकतंत्र के मंदिर में आज सेंगोल को उसका उचित स्थान मिल रहा है। मुझे खुशी है कि अब भारत की महान परंपरा के प्रतीक उसी सेंगोल को नए संसद भवन में स्थापित किया जाएगा। ये सेंगोल इस बात की याद दिलाता रहेगा कि हमें कर्तव्य पथ पर चलना है, जनता-जनार्दन के प्रति जवाबदेह बने रहना है।

पूज्य संतगण,

आदीनम की महान प्रेरक परंपरा, साक्षात सात्विक ऊर्जा का प्रतीक है। आप सभी संत शैव परंपरा के अनुयायी हैं। आपके दर्शन में जो एक भारत श्रेष्ठ भारत की भावना है, वो स्वयं भारत की एकता और अखंडता का प्रतिबिंब है। आपके कई आदीनम् के नामों में ही इसकी झलक मिल जाती है। आपके कुछ आदीनम् के नाम में कैलाश का उल्लेख है। ये पवित्र पर्वत, तमिलनाडु से बहुत दूर हिमालय में है, फिर भी ये आपके हृदय के करीब है। शैव सिद्धांत के प्रसिद्ध संतों में से एक तिरुमूलर् के बारे में कहा जाता है कि वो कैलाश पर्वत से शिव भक्ति का प्रसार करने के लिए तमिलनाडु आए थे। आज भी, उनकी रचना तिरुमन्दिरम् के श्लोकों का पाठ भगवान शिव की स्मृति में किया जाता है। अप्पर्, सम्बन्दर्, सुन्दरर् और माणिक्का वासगर् जैसे कई महान संतों ने उज्जैन, केदारनाथ और गौरीकुंड का उल्लेख किया है। जनता जनार्दन के आशीर्वाद से आज मैं महादेव की नगरी काशी का सांसद हूं, तो आपको काशी की बात भी बताऊंगा। धर्मपुरम आदीनम् के स्वामी कुमारगुरुपरा तमिलनाडु से काशी गए थे। उन्होंने बनारस के केदार घाट पर केदारेश्वर मंदिर की स्थापना की थी। तमिलनाडु के तिरुप्पनन्दाळ् में काशी मठ का नाम भी काशी पर रखा गया है। इस मठ के बारे में एक दिलचस्प जानकारी भी मुझे पता चली है। कहा जाता है कि तिरुप्पनन्दाळ् का काशी मठ, तीर्थयात्रियों को बैकिंग सेवाएं उपलब्ध कराता था। कोई तीर्थयात्री तमिलनाडु के काशी मठ में पैसे जमा करने के बाद काशी में प्रमाणपत्र दिखाकर वो पैसे निकाल सकता था। इस तरह, शैव सिद्धांत के अनुयायियों ने सिर्फ शिव भक्ति का प्रसार ही नहीं किया बल्कि हमें एक दूसरे के करीब लाने का कार्य भी किया।

पूज्य संतगण,

सैकड़ों वर्षों की गुलामी के बाद भी तमिलनाडु की संस्कृति आज भी जीवंत और समृद्ध है, तो इसमें आदीनम् जैसी महान और दिव्य परंपरा की भी बड़ी भूमिका है। इस परंपरा को जीवित रखने का दायित्व संतजनों ने तो निभाया ही है, साथ ही इसका श्रेय पीड़ित-शोषित-वंचित सभी को जाता है कि उन्होंने इसकी रक्षा की, उसे आगे बढ़ाया। राष्ट्र के लिए योगदान के मामले में आपकी सभी संस्थाओं का इतिहास बहुत गौरवशाली रहा है। अब उस अतीत को आगे बढ़ाने, उससे प्रेरित होने और आने वाली पीढ़ियों के लिए काम करने का समय है।

पूज्य संतगण,

देश ने अगले 25 वर्षों के लिए कुछ लक्ष्य तय किए हैं। हमारा लक्ष्य है कि आजादी के 100 साल पूरे होने तक एक मजबूत, आत्मनिर्भर और समावेशी विकसित भारत का निर्माण हो। 1947 में आपकी महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका से कोटि-कोटि देशवासी पुन: परिचित हुए हैं। आज जब देश 2047 के बड़े लक्ष्यों को लेकर आगे बढ़ रहा है तब आपकी भूमिका और महत्वपूर्ण हो गई है। आपकी संस्थाओं ने हमेशा सेवा के मूल्यों को साकार किया है। आपने लोगों को एक-दूसरे से जोड़ने का, उनमें समानता का भाव पैदा करने का बड़ा उदाहरण पेश किया है। भारत जितना एकजुट होगा, उतना ही मजबूत होगा। इसलिए हमारी प्रगति के रास्ते में रुकावटें पैदा करने वाले तरह-तरह की चुनौतियां खड़ी करेंगे। जिन्हें भारत की उन्नति खटकती है, वो सबसे पहले हमारी एकता को ही तोड़ने की कोशिश करेंगे। लेकिन मुझे विश्वास है कि देश को आपकी संस्थाओं से आध्यात्मिकता और सामाजिकता की जो शक्ति मिल रही है, उससे हम हर चुनौती का सामना कर लेंगे। मैं फिर एक बार, आप मेरे यहां पधारे, आप सबने आशीर्वाद दिये, ये मेरा सौभाग्य है, मैं फिर एक बार आप सबका हृदय से आभार व्यक्त करता हूँ, आप सबको प्रणाम करता हूँ। नए संसद भवन के लोकार्पण के अवसर पर आप सब यहां आए और हमें आशीर्वाद दिया। इससे बड़ा सौभाग्य कोई हो नहीं सकता है और इसलिए मैं जितना धन्यवाद करूँ, उतना कम है। फिर एक बार आप सबको प्रणाम करता हूँ।

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