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"“It is my dream to turn Gandhinagar into a Solar City.” Shri Modi"

On April 9th 2013, Shri Modi addressed a gathering of the Kolkata Gujarati Samaj. He also visited the Kolkata Gujarati Samaj’s new building in Kolkata.

Below are excerpts from Shri Modi’s speech:

Any Gujarati, in any corner of the world, if they talk of Gujarat it is with the head held high. This is what Gujarat has achieved.

“Today, any Gujarati is questioned about the Gujarat development model, so today; the people of Gujarat are well-equipped with knowledge about Gujarat’s growth.”

“There was a time Kutch had negative growth. People went elsewhere, now it is reverse. People are returning to Gujarat.”

“Gujarat has scaled new heights of development. Due to this, in the entire nation Gujarat is known as a model of development.”

“In a place more commonly known for dust, fruits are being exported. This transformation does not happen overnight. This happened because we made people partners in development.”

“12-15 years ago if you met someone and said you are from Gujarat, the expression looked like food without salt. Today if you say you are from Gujarat do you notice the difference?”

“Any Gujarati, in any corner of the world, if they talk of Gujarat it is with the head held high. This is what Gujarat has achieved.”

Relation with our roots must be strengthened as much as possible

“I say, once a year, you must send your children for Gujarat Darshan. They see villages, Mohallas, relatives. We may have been out for years but we must link our new generations with Gujarat. Can it not happen from your schools, one tour comes to Gujarat? This is because we have to build a link with Gujarat.”

“Let us use social media & through Facebook, Twitter connect with people from Gujarat. If you are enthusiastic then I am ready! I have experienced power of social media.”

“I am one of the most active people on social media. I connect with lakhs of people.”

“Relation with our roots must be strengthened as much as possible.”

“We should have a good Gujarati library. Children can know who our writers are. Nowadays there is e-library where you can get over 20 lac books.”

“Gujarat Jova Jevu Che, Gujarat Java Jevu Che.”

“Gujarat is marching ahead with new dreams. Earlier we were not known for tourism. Gujaratis went all over but no one came to Gujarat!”

“Gujarat Jova Jevu Che, Gujarat Java Jevu Che.” (Gujarat is worth seeing, Gujarat is worth visiting)

“Gujarat's tourist growth is double of that of India. I tell you, come spend a few days in Gujarat.”

“It is my dream to turn Gandhinagar into a Solar City.”

“Our nation has energy crisis. In Gujarat we have lot of heat and sun rays. The same rays are now dear for us.”

Gujarat has earned praised for advances in solar energy. We were first state with solar policy:

“We have plans to produce 3000 MW solar energy. This will be a global record. It is also environment friendly. Gujarat has the largest canal network in the world. We have installed Canal top Solar panels. This has increased water retention and has generated solar power.”

“It is my dream to turn Gandhinagar into a Solar City. We got a Rooftop Policy to do so.”

A New Gujarat within Gujarat

“We have 1600 km coastline. In the past people thought what is this, only salty water and people left villages, went where place.”

“In coming days a new Gujarat within Gujarat will develop on the coast of Gujarat.”

“Dholera Special Investment Region will be six times the size of Shanghai.”

“We also plan to build GIFT, a city dedicated for Financial Technology.”

Gujarat’s Initiatives and Successes

“When people discuss infrastructure, they discuss roads. In Gujarat we have the longest network of water pipelines. Pipes are big enough for you to travel in them in a car.”

“The Central Government is fighting over 6 and 9 cylinders. We have a gas grid pipeline of 2200 Km.”

“Since 2009, every village in Gujarat has broadband connectivity.”

“In 2001, there were 11 universities in Gujarat, today there are 42 universities. We have specialized universities like GNLU, Petroleum University, Raksha Shakti University. Many youth will benefit from these universities.”

“Gujarat has 2.5 lakh Sakhi Mandals in the state. Women are engaged in economic activities worth 1700 Cr through Sakhi Mandals, we wish to increase this to 5000 Cr.”

“Gujarat has many policies to empower women. We have encouraged women to buy property on their name through incentives.”

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PM Modi addressed two mega rallies ahead of fourth phase of election in West Bengal’s Siliguri and Krishnanagar. “The entire North Bengal has announced that TMC government is going and BJP government is coming. Today, the entire nation is proud to see the willpower of the people of Bengal. This willpower is of the ‘Ashol Poriborton’. This willpower is the strength of ‘Sonar Bangla’,” he said in Siliguri rally.

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.