On the 53rd Gujarat Foundation Day, chief minister Narendra Modi invoked the Gujarati pride again, but his sight appeared firmly set on Delhi.
At a youth convention in Navsari, the chief minister said he had “a dream of making Gujarat the best state, with a view to building ‘One India, Best India’ ”.
He accused the former chief ministers of not giving due importance to the day. The UPA government, too, came in for criticism for reneging on its promise of making a heritage path of Mahatma Gandhi’s route to Dandi.
During a visit to Dandi, Modi said, “In 2005, our prime minister had come to Gujarat to announce a heritage path on the Sabarmati-Dandi route. It has been eight years, but nothing has happened on that front.”
The Centre’s wish now is that the government roads along the route be considered heritage path, he added.
As for the previous state governments, they had not given enough importance to the Gujarat foundation day for political reasons, Modi said.
“There was an effort by some to erase this history. But we have made efforts to prevent them from doing so,” he added.