Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today said India would emerge as a superpower in the world on the strong pillars of unity, good governance and people’s participation.
Speaking while flagging off ‘Run for Unity’ a grand run that spreads Sardar Patel’s message of unity and integrity at Vadodara this morning, he said ‘This is not a mere run but it is a public movement that certainly would lead India reaching the destination of superpower.’
He said ‘India’s diversity is not her weakness but it is her strong peculiarity. Our diversity is not a bouquet of paper but it is our unique identity and a source of our tremendous strength.
It is the responsibility of our present and future generations strengthening India’s unity in her diversity.’
The Run for Unity is a drive towards patriotism and that it should not be seen as a part of politics, he underlined.
Following the path of Sardar Patel’s message of unity, Gujarat has emerged as a model of development for the last decade in the world and alike Gujarat, India could also be a superpower by joining people with the strength of unity, the Chief Minister asserted.
Gujarat government, he said, with a view to spreading the message of unity would conduct an essay competition in the schools across the country and various awards worth Rs 2.5 crore would be given away to the winners of at least 5,500 schools.
‘We have contacted around 2 lakh schools in this regard. Gujarat has decided to construct world’s tallest Statue of Unity and with the strength of our unity, India would emerge as giant as this statue on the global horizon,’ he said. Significantly, as soon as he flagged off Run for Unity at sharp 0800 hrs from Vadodara, more than 40 lakh people from 1,100 different places across India took a start simultaneously.