Amit Shah asserts that the Prime Minister delivered such a stern response to rioters in 2002 that there is now a strong deterrent against causing riots in Gujarat.

Amit Shah asserts that the Prime Minister’s actions in 2002 sent a powerful message, deterring anyone from instigating riots in Gujarat.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserts on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s actions in 2002, during his tenure as the chief minister of Gujarat, served as a deterrent against riots, preventing any recurrence in the state to date. Speaking at the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra in Sanand, Ahmedabad district, Shah also credited Modi for swiftly abrogating Article 370 and constructing a temple for Lord Ram, who previously resided in a “tent.”

Highlighting the impact of Modi’s response to the 2002 riots, Shah said, “The rioters were taught such a lesson in 2002 that to date no one dares to cause riots in Gujarat.” He commended Modi for fulfilling the dreams of leaders like Sardar Patel and Syama Prasad Mookerjee by removing Article 370 and expeditiously building a temple for Lord Ram.

Praising Modi’s efforts in national security, Shah mentioned the successful surgical and air strikes that taught Pakistan a lesson, leading to a safer environment in the country. Shah also acknowledged Modi’s role in the Chandrayaan-3 mission, emphasizing the significant achievement of planting the Tricolour on the Moon.

Shah lauded Modi for steering the country’s economy to its best state in the last 75 years, emphasizing the notable industrial development during Modi’s tenure. He highlighted the provision of free Covid-19 vaccines and encouraged the youth to work towards fulfilling the dreams of independence fighters.

At the 66th convocation of Sardar Patel University in Vallabh Vidyanagar, Shah expressed his newfound understanding of Sardar Patel’s stature after joining national politics. He credited Sardar Patel for the successful unification of India, emphasizing the importance of Patel’s role in shaping the country’s map. Shah concluded by pledging to make India a developed country by 2047 and eradicate the “slavery mentality” at its root.

“I openly acknowledge today that my perspective underwent a significant transformation after traveling to the Northeast, Kashmir, Hyderabad, and Jodhpur and witnessing the profound admiration people have for Sardar Patel. Jodhpur, Junagadh, Hyderabad, and Lakshadweep are integral parts of India today solely because of Sardar Patel’s efforts. When Prime Minister Modi decided to abrogate Article 370, my study of historical documents revealed that Sardar Patel had reluctantly accepted the imposition of Article 370 in Kashmir,” said Amit Shah.

“One Gujarati, Narendrabhai (Modi), has fulfilled Sardar Patel’s aspirations,” Shah added.

Shah emphasized that Sardar Patel played a crucial role in safeguarding and rehabilitating India, contrary to the global belief that the country would disintegrate and face violations after the British rule ended.

“When leaving India, the British allowed princely states to choose to remain independent or join India or Pakistan. The entire world believed India would disintegrate, but they were unaware of the presence of Sardar Patel. If you speak to those who endured the challenges of Partition, you will understand the significance of Sardar Patel,” Shah stated.

Highlighting Sardar Patel’s efforts in rehabilitating refugees, Shah noted, “Rich businessmen became paupers and refugees in their own country, and if anyone undertook the task of rehabilitating and protecting these refugees, it was Sardar Patel. From 3 am to midnight, even in his advanced age, he met with one princely state after another and persuaded them to join India.”

Encouraging students not to be discouraged by setbacks, Shah said, “The current environment in the country allows you to achieve seemingly impossible goals.”

He concluded by stating that the Modi government’s 2047 Viksit Bharat policy aims to focus on the youth, listening to their voices, understanding their choices, empowering them, and trusting in their potential.

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