Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday praised religious organisations of the country and said that contrary to misconceptions, they were never behind in serving the society. “There are many bharams (misconceptions) prevailing in our country. One of them is that those engaged in religious activities never do social activities. It is believed that they just eat sweetmeats and mind their business. But the reality is that they are never behind in serving the society,” Modi said.
The CM was speaking during the inaugural ceremony of Agri Vision India 2014, a four-day agricultural exhibition organised by Shree Khodaldham Trust (SKT), a religious organisation of the politically influential Levua Patel community. “After I became the Chief Minister, I realised the wonderful strength of these organisations. Whenever a natural calamity befalls and there is need of food packets and other basic services, such trusts would make these arrangements within two hours after a request, with no trace of government,” Modi further said.
“This is the strength of our society. But, somehow, whenever there is mention of strength of the society, people raise objections. But, in my view, this heritage of such social culture across Hindustan is a force to strengthen the country,” said the CM. Modi cited examples of humanitarian activities carried out by organisations at Bagdana, a Hindu place of worship in Bhavnagar district and Mata Amrutanandamayi Devi in Kerala.
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Modi’s presence at the event completed a full circle in the political slant of SKT. It was from the stage of an event of the same trust in 2012 that former chief minster Keshubhai Patel had raised his voice against Modi, alleging injustice to Leuva Patels. The trust, led by businessman Naresh Patel, had backed Keshubhai’s new political outfit Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) during the 2012 Assembly elections. But after the poor show of the GPP, which got only two seats, and Keshubhai’s son joining BJP recently, the Leuvas have started warming up to the Saffron party. This culminated with Modi being invited as the chief guest of the exhibition.