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‘De­fang­ing Art 370 Will End Era Of Dis­crim­i­na­tion And Un­ful­filled As­pi­ra­tions’ PM Modi, mother have lunch to­gether on his 69th birth­day

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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.

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“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.

PTI

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at But­ter­fly Gar­den in Ke­va­dia on Tues­day

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