PM hails role of Leva Pa­tels in devel­op­ment of E. Africa

‘ In­di­ans liv­ing abroad coun­try’s per­ma­nent am­bas­sadors’

The Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Fri­day lauded the con­tri­bu­tion of the Leva Pa­tel, a po­lit­i­cally in­flu­en­tial Gu­jarati com­mu­nity, which is one of the four sub- castes among the Pati­dars, a ma­jor vote bank of the BJP. Mr Modi, who ad­dressed the sil­ver ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions of the “Shree Kutchi Leva Pa­tel Sa­maj” in Nairobi, Kenya, via video con­fer­enc­ing, lauded the role of the Leva Pa­tels in the devel­op­ment of East Africa, say­ing In­di­ans liv­ing abroad are the coun­try’s “per­ma­nent am­bas­sadors”.

The vot­ing pat­tern of the last as­sem­bly elec­tions in Mr Modi’s home state showed that the com­mu­nity, along with another strong sub- caste Kadva Pa­tel, had voted in sig­nif­i­cant num­ber in favour of the Congress, which scored 77 seats, a sub­stan­tial num­ber as com­pared to the pre­vi­ous poll.

Mr Modi lauded the con­tri­bu­tion of the com­mu­nity in var­i­ous wel­fare ac­tiv­i­ties and the devel­op­ment of East Africa and re­called the role of mem­bers of In­dian com­mu­nity in Kenya’s free­dom move­ment.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing in Gu­jarati, he said In­di­ans liv­ing abroad are “per­ma­nent am­bas­sadors” of the coun­try and help strengthen bonds be­tween na­tions.

Mr Modi ap­pre­ci­ated the con­tri­bu­tion of Kutchi sa­maj to­wards all- round devel­op­ment, es­pe­cially their role in the re­con­struc­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion af­ter the earthquake in Kutch in 2001.

He said, “Kutch which was once con­sid­ered a de­serted place, has been con­verted into a prime tourist des­ti­na­tion.”

Mr Modi also high­lighted the dou­ble en­gine strength of the Cen­tre and the state gov­ern­ment in car­ry­ing out the devel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in the re­gion.

“The re­gion has re­ceived thou­sands of crore ru­pees of in­vest­ment in last few years,” he said.

The PM pointed out that the en­gage­ment of In­dia and African coun­tries has been on the rise.

The In­dia- Africa Sum­mit and a meet­ing of African Devel­op­ment Bank were held in In­dia and the Pres­i­dent, the vice- pres­i­dent, and him­self as the PM have vis­ited var­i­ous African coun­tries on more than 20 oc­ca­sions, dur­ing the ten­ure of the present gov­ern­ment, he said.

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