On foundation day,Narendra Modi takes on Cong,sings paeans to youth power

Cong was so opposed to formation of Gujarat that agitation saw bloodshed in its regime,says Modi.

Written by Express News Service | Navsari | Published:May 2, 2013 4:08 am

The Congress was so opposed to the formation of Gujarat that the agitation saw bloodshed in its regime,said Chief Minister Narendra Modi during the Gujarat’s Foundation Day celebrations held in the coastal town of Navsari on Wednesday.

Addressing a public meeting at the Navsari Agricultural University campus,Modi said,“The youths of Gujarat had started the agitation for the separation of Gujarat from Maharashtra in Ahmedabad which Gujarat’s Congress leaders did not like. After several youths had assembled outside the Congress office in Ahmedabad to protest,the Congress ordered firing,leading to the death of many youngsters. After the separation when the Congress came into power,the youths demanded from the state government to make a memorial where the boys were killed. The demand was not fulfilled and for eight long years the agitation continued. Seeing the rise in the number of youths joining the agitation,the Congress Party leaders later made ‘Shaheed Smarak’. After we came into power in 2001,we opened it to the public. Since then,we have been celebrating May 1 as Gujarat’s Foundation Day.”

An official release quoted Modi as saying,“Despite this atmosphere of fear,under Indu Chacha’s (Indulal Yagnik,the leader of the Mahagujarat Movement) leadership,the foundation of Gujarat became possible through non-violence.”

Modi,accompanied by his ministers and the MLAs and MPs of South Gujarat started the celebrations with prayers at Dandi. He also attacked the Centre. “The Delhi government (Centre) is involved in theft. Not a single day goes when one does not hear about corruption by the government in Delhi. The government agencies are coming out and declaring scams and corruption done by the Congress people,” said Modi.

Exhorting the youth,Modi said that in 1974 youths came out on the road against the Congress government led by Chimanbhai Patel. “In India,65 percent of the population is below 35 years of age. We should identify the youth force and direct them in a proper way to build a better future and make India a developed country.”

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