Seeking to draw a parallel between the Satyagraha movement undertaken by Mahatma Gandhi and the Swachch Bharat drive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday appealed to the public to follow the ‘Swachhagrahi’.
“Earlier, it was Satyagraha. But now we should focus on Swachhagrahi. Swachhagrahi means cleanlines,” he told reporters here.
Naidu said “Yesterday Pradhan Mantri (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) said cleanliness should become a part of our life. We should maintain cleanliness of the mind, cleanliness of the body, cleanliness of the house.”
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Stating that there has to be cleanliness in every place including house, temple, church, he said, “In all these places we have to maintain cleanliness. So that India becomes clean India”.
“A healthy nation can become a wealthy nation. But there is no guarantee whether a wealthy nation will become a healthy nation”, he said.
He earlier inaugurated an exhibition tracing the history of Gandhi organised by Department of Advertising and Visual Publicity at the Gandhi Mandapam here.
“On the eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s anniversary tomorrow, let all of us take a pledge that we will maintain cleanliness among ourselves and outside also”, he said.
Naidu also thanked the state government for conducting the programme at the venue.
The Minister also wished a “speedy recovery” to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, undergoing treatment in a corporate hospital here.
“On this occasion, I wish Chief Minister will recover speedily and come back and work for the welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu”, he said.
Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital here on September 22 with complaints of fever and dehydration.