‘Defanging Art 370 Will End Era Of Discrimination And Unfulfilled Aspirations’ PM Modi, mother have lunch together on his 69th birthday
Kevadiya (Narmada district): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday exuded confidence that the decision to defang Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu & Kashmir would usher in a new era of trust and development in the Valley as well as Ladakh, which, he said have faced discrimination for the past 70 years.
Modi celebrated his 69th birthday on Tuesday by participating in the Namami Devi Narmade Mahotsav at Kevadiya Colony organised to mark the Sardar Sarovar dam’s water level touching 138.68m, the highest-ever since its completion. Addressing a public rally at Kevadiya, Modi said the decision (to revoke the special status to J&K) was inspired by ‘Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat’ vision of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and the government is striving to resolve the problems that have been pending since Independence.
“The discrimination and unfulfilled aspirations resulted in violence and separatism [in J&K] and the entire country and to bear it’s consequences… I am confident we will chart a new path of development and trust with the active cooperation of the people of J&K, Ladakh and Kargil. I am committed to India’s unity and growth,” Modi said.
Modi said September 17 was also a historic day as it marks unification of erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad into the Indian union in 1948. The Indian armed forces had invaded the Nizam-ruled state when Sardar Patel was the Union home minister. “Just imagine how India’s map would have looked and the problems that the country would have been besieged with in the absence of Sardar Patel’s vision,” the PM said.
Emphasising that sustainable development along with environment protection was the need of the hour, Modi also urged people to ensure that the Statue of Unity (SoU) and the facilities around it were kept free from plastic at a time when the government has launched a campaign to
Minister Narendra Modi celebrated his 69th birthday on Tuesday with his mother Hira Ba at her house in the outskirts of Gandhinagar in Gujarat. He spent almost an hour with his mother and other family members, and later greeted the residents of the housing society where his mother lives with his younger brother. Normally, PM Modi goes to greet his mother early in the morning but this time he preferred to meet her over lunch. On the menu were ‘puran poli’, Gujarati dal, rice, salad and three vegetable dishes. He sought his mother’s blessings, who reciprocated by giving him some money. The PM and Hira Ba also sat together and chatted for a while.
ban single-use plastic.
“In just 11 months since its inauguration, the Statue of Unity has seen 23 lakh tourists from the country and other parts of the world,” Modi said.
Referring to the dam reservoir reaching its full level, the PM said Sardar Patel’s dream has come true after decades.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Butterfly Garden in Kevadia on Tuesday