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PM Modi dedicates world’s tallest statue, the ‘Statue of Unity’, to the nation
Statue of Unity will continue to remind future generations of the courage, capability and resolve of Sardar Patel: PM Modi
The integration of India by Sardar Patel, has resulted today in India’s march towards becoming a big economic and strategic power: PM Modi
The aspirations of the youth of India can be achieved only through the mantra of “Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat": PM Modi

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today dedicated the world’s tallest statue, the ‘Statue of Unity’, to the nation.  

The 182 metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, was dedicated to the nation on his birth anniversary, at Kevadiya in Narmada District of Gujarat.

At the launch ceremony, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries’ poured soil and Narmada water into a Kalash to mark the dedication of the ‘Statue of Unity’ to the nation. The Prime Minister pressed a lever to commence a Virtual Abhishek of the statue.

He inaugurated the Wall of Unity. At the feet of the Statue of Unity, the Prime Minister performed a special prayer. He visited the Museum and Exhibition, and the Viewers’ Gallery. This gallery, at 153 metres height, can accommodate upto 200 visitors at one time. It offers a spectacular view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, its reservoir, and the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges.

The dedication ceremony was punctuated by flypast of IAF aircraft, and performances of cultural troupes. 

Greeting the people of India on this occasion, the Prime Minister said that the entire country is celebrating Rashtriya Ekta Divas today.

 

He said today marks a special moment in the history of India. He said that with the Statue of Unity, India has given itself today, a towering inspiration for the future. He said the Statue will continue to remind future generations of the courage, capability and resolve of Sardar Patel. He said that the integration of India by Sardar Patel, has resulted today in India’s march towards becoming a big economic and strategic power.

 

The Prime Minister also recalled Sardar Patel’s vision of the administrative services as a steel frame.

He described the Statue of Unity as a symbol of the self-respect of the farmers who gave soil from their land, and iron from their farming implements for the Statue. He said the aspirations of the youth of India can be achieved only through the mantra of “Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat.” He congratulated everyone associated with the construction of this Statue. He said the Statue would generate considerable tourism opportunities for the region.

The Prime Minister mentioned that several memorials have been made to recall the contributions of freedom fighters and great leaders, in recent years. Besides the Statue of Unity, he mentioned the museum dedicated to Sardar Patel in Delhi, Mahatma Mandir and Dandi Kutir in Gandhinagar, the Panchtirth dedicated to Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, the Statue of Sri Chhotu Ram in Haryana, and the memorials of Shyamji Krishna Varma and Veer Nayak Govind Guru in Kutch. He said work is in progress for the museum dedicated to Subhash Chandra Bose in Delhi, the Shivaji statue in Mumbai, and tribal museums across the country. 

 

The Prime Minister spoke of Sardar Patel’s vision of a strong and inclusive India, and said the Union Government is working towards making this dream a reality. He mentioned the efforts to provide a home to all, to provide electricity to all, and towards road connectivity and digital connectivity. He also mentioned the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. He said that efforts such as GST, e-NAM, and “One-Nation, One-Grid” have also contributed to integrating the nation in various ways.

 The Prime Minister spoke of our collective responsibility to maintain the unity and integrity of the nation, and to counter all divisive forces.

 

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CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CONGRATULATES PRIME MINISTER MODI ON THE ELECTORAL VICTORY UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP

President of People’s Republic of China, H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping sent a letter to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi earlier today congratulating him on the electoral victory of National Democratic Alliance under his leadership. In the letter, President Xi noted the great importance he attached to the development of India-China relations and his desire to work with Prime Minister Modi to take the Closer Development Partnership between the two countries to a new height. President Xi also expressed satisfaction at the strong momentum of development in India-China relations in recent years with the joint efforts of both sides.

 

Japan PM Shinzo Abe Congratulates PM Modi

On 23 May 2019, Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe called Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and congratulated him for the resounding victory of his party in the 2019 General Elections. Prime Minister Modi thanked Prime Minister Abe for his wishes.

During the conversation, both leaders noted the advances made in the bilateral relationship in the last five years and reiterated their commitment towards further strengthening the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership to achieve their shared vision of peace, progress and prosperity.

The two Prime Ministers looked forward to their meeting during the G20 Summit in Osaka next month.

Prime Minister Modi also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Abe to visit India later this year for the next India-Japan Annual Summit.

 

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina speaks to PM Modi,extends her congratulations for the people's mandate in General Elections 2019

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi spoke with H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, today.

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh had initiated the call to extend her congratulations on the clear mandate given by the people of India to the NDA Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. In doing so, PM Sheikh Hasina became one of the first foreign leaders to congratulate the Prime Minister, thus reflecting the extraordinarily close and cordial ties between India and Bangladesh, and the excellent rapport that the two leaders enjoy.

The two leaders pledged to continue to raise the India-Bangladesh relationship to unprecedented new heights. They recognised the importance of rapidly completing on-going plans for deepening the partnership in security trade, transportation, energy and people to people ties. Doing so within the next 3 years would have specific significance in view of the centenary of the birth of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020 and the 50thanniversary of Bangladesh's Liberation in 2021.

The leaders also agreed to identify dates for a meeting at the earliest, to resume work in service of the bilateral relationship.

 

Nepal PM's congratulatory telephone call to PM

Prime Minister of Nepal, Rt. Hon’ble K.P. Sharma Oli called Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today and congratulated him on the electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

PM Modi thanked PM Oli for his warm words of felicitations and reaffirmed India’s commitment to strengthen the bonds of India-Nepal friendship.

The two leaders while expressing satisfaction at the significant progress in bilateral cooperation across various sectors, reiterated their commitment to further strengthen the traditionally close and friendly ties between the two countries and work towards deepening multi-faceted bilateral cooperation.

 

French President makes a congratulatory phone call to PM Modi 

H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of France congratulated Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi over telephone on 23rd May 2019, on his electoral victory.

The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to work together towards further strengthening of the Strategic Partnership between India and France. Prime Minister Modi thanked France for her steadfast support to India on critical issues.

Describing PM Modi as one of the foremost leaders of the democratic world, President Macron reiterated his invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit France in August 2019 for a bilateral meeting and also to attend the G7 Summit at Biarritz.