It was Narendra Modi all the way for Chief Minister Anandiben Patel who was on her maiden visit to Chhota Udepur district on Tuesday after taking over the reins the state. Patel who launched the 2014 edition of Krishi Mahotsav in this predominately tribal district, described herself as a “farmer’s daughter” and said Modi has left her with a lot of responsibilities.
“He (Modi) has left me with a lot of responsibility and trust by handing over Gujarat to a women of this state. It should be a proud moment for us,” she told a gathering at Chhota Udepur while launching the state-sponsored programme for farmers for eight districts including Vadodara, Anand, Kheda, Mahisagar, Panchmahals and Dahod.
“I know what farmers have suffered before Modi came into Gujarat, because I am a farmer’s daughter too. I have grown crops, bathed animals and done all the odd jobs that women in villages do. I know how much Modiji thought about farmers and arrived at the idea of launching the Krishi Mahotsav in 2005 so that the scientific techniques of farming could be taken to every village of this state and make lives better,” she said crediting Modi for uplifting the lives of farmers.
“He first brought water to your lives and then generated electricity for you. He built the check dams, canals, wells – whether for irrigation or drinking water – and ensured that the ground water table had increased by seven feet to bring development here,” she said narrating Modi’s achievements in a 25-minute speech.
Patel also announced that every village in central Gujarat that does not have milk cooperatives will now form one.
“The milk will be taken by dairies and bring more growth to your families, my sisters,” she said.
Patel promised that with Modi at the helm of affairs as the Prime Minister, the Gujarat Government would soon procure the much awaited Central government clearance to raise the height of the Narmada Dam to 138.68 meters.