Narendra Modi in Gujarat: PM hails Sardar Patel, Morarji Desai in Surat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hailed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel for redrawing the Indian map after independence 'to give us what it (country) is today'.

IANS April 17, 2017 16:02:55 IST
Narendra Modi in Gujarat: PM hails Sardar Patel, Morarji Desai in Surat

Surat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hailed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel for redrawing the Indian map after independence "to give us what it (country) is today".

"If we live in India with pride and our heads held high, it is because of him," Modi said after inaugurating a diamond manufacturing unit in Surat.

The prime minister, who arrived in Surat on Sunday evening, also saluted former Prime Minister Morarji Desai for strengthening the country's economy.

Narendra Modi in Gujarat PM hails Sardar Patel Morarji Desai in Surat

PM Modi during his Surat road show. PTI

Desai, Modi said, would rejoice to see how the Indian economy was faring now.

"Years ago, this region gave us Morarji Desai, who focused his energies in strengthening the Indian economy. His soul must be celebrating today at the state of the economy," Modi said.

Morarji Desai, who headed the Janata Party government in 1977-79, hailed from south Gujarat.

Similarly, Modi said, Sardar Patel "re-drew the map of the country after independence to give us what it is today".

Referring to the diamond unit he opened, Modi said the country was a leader in diamond polishing industry and it had the potential to be the numero uno in the gems and jewellery sector.

"The artisan in India has the knack to develop jewellery according to the season and for every section of the society.

"We should concentrate on crafting jewellery not only according to what the consumer wants but also create material that attracts them to the new design," the prime minister added.

He inaugurated a diamond manufacturing facility, Hare Krishna Exports.

Updated Date:

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro at ₹499 for the first year. Use code PRO499. Limited period offer. *T&C apply

also read

Narendra Modi in West Bengal: Lotus will bring 'asol poribartan', vows PM while inaugurating slew of projects
Politics

Narendra Modi in West Bengal: Lotus will bring 'asol poribartan', vows PM while inaugurating slew of projects

The prime minister also accused the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government of not transferring funds of central schemes to people in the state

India vs England: Complete guide to Ahmedabad's Sardar Patel Stadium, world's largest cricket cauldron
First Cricket News

India vs England: Complete guide to Ahmedabad's Sardar Patel Stadium, world's largest cricket cauldron

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the ground will be half full during the England Tests but in future when things normalise, watching a cricket match in a packed Motera stadium will certainly be on the bucket list of many admirers of the game around the world.

Gujarat civic polls 2021: Voter turnout at 41.20%; development will win, vows Amit Shah
Politics

Gujarat civic polls 2021: Voter turnout at 41.20%; development will win, vows Amit Shah

Gujarat civic polls 2021: The main contest is between the BJP, which has ruled the six corporations for last several terms, and the Opposition Congress. The AAP is pitching itself as an alternative, while AIMIM is making its debut in the polls