Industry turned up in strength on Friday to hail the “lord of lords” and “king of kings” — Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
While Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group’s Anil Ambani went on to equate Modi with Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, Anand Mahindra of M&M prescribed the “Gujarat model” for China at the Vibrant Gujarat investors’ summit 2013.
Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries, though restrained in his praise, called Modi, “a leader with grand vision”. “We come back here again and again to invest. We have committed an investment of Rs. 100,000 crore for Gujarat.” He also announced, “Reliance is proud to be called a Gujarati company.”
Ratan Tata of the Tata Group called himself stupid because his group “didn’t make any fresh investments in Gujarat for long”.
Hari Bhartia of Jubilant group, Shashi Ruia of Essar, Adi Godrej and Gautam Adani also made commitments to continue investing in Gujarat.
Tata went on to announce a Rs. 34,000-crore investment in the state at the biennial showcase event started by Modi in 2003, following the 2002 riots in which 1,200 people were killed.
“Gujarat stands out as investor-friendly and the credit goes to Modi,” Tata told a jam-packed hall at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.