Here are the highlights of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech:
* When we talk about independence, the map of Gujarat naturally flashes before our eyes. Both the non-violent and revolutionary paths to independence went through Gujarat. Both Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel were from Gujarat and so were many illustrious revolutionaries who hailed from Kutch.
* The country got Independence but have we achieved true independence? We need to change our thought to gain true independence.
* I had hoped that the President’s concerns on Pakistan would have been addressed by the PM from the Red Fort but that was not the case.
At least the PM’s word should have strengthened the morale of the Armed Forces of India. Pakistan Army comes in and kills our soldiers. The limit of tolerance is worrying. I echo the President’s thoughts.
* The game of corruption is being played and till the Supreme Court intervenes, it goes on. The President’s speech is a matter of concern for all of us.
* I was listening to the PM’s speech today so that I get some inspiration. Our motto has been — Gujarat’s development for India’s development. This is our duty. I was very disappointed and not me, the entire country is disappointed. PM in his speech has unfortunately remembered only one family… would it not have been befitting to remember Sardar Patel or Lal Bahadur Shastri?
* There should have been no politics in your speech… Lal Bahadur Shastri or Sardar Patel are people from your own party. What happened yesterday with the naval submarine was sad. We salute our soldiers who were martyred in rescue operations in Uttarakhand. But the PM did not give any credit to any of the state governments or volunteers who worked there. I am not talking about Gujarat but other states. Aap ek parivaar ki bhakti mein itna doob gaaye hain ki aap ko desh ke intne bade jansamooh ko pehchane me dikkat ho rahi hai.
* The PM said the same things as Pandit Nehru said 60 years ago. So what has the Congress done for this country? I am standing here in Kutch from where my voice reached Pakistan first and Delhi later.