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NOBODY understood our agony after the riots: Modi

Last updated on: September 17, 2011 18:14 IST

Fast not against anybody: Modi

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday began his three-day fast for "peace and communal harmony", saying the success of his endeavour would mean an end to vote-bank politics.

He also said that the fast was not against anybody.

 


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'Gujarat wants to move forward'

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"We want to take this spirit to each and every village and each and every house. This fast is not against anybody and I don't want to speak about anybody. Gujarat wants to move forward. We want to be in service of India," Modi said.


 


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'Development is our only motto'

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"We want to move together and sadhbhavna (harmony) will be our strength. Development is our only motto. We will be a model for the world on how development can be achieved with peace, harmony and brotherhood," the BJP stalwart said.

Speaking about the fast, he said "It was the need of the hour."

 


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'I wanted this message to reach out to people'

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"Unity, peace and harmony have a major role to play in our success, our development. Because we have treaded this path and I wanted this message to reach out to people, this fast was the best means to do so," he maintained.


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'If I fast, my words will carry more weight'

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"Six crore Gujaratis have gone through a lot of penance to ensure such a situation. If I fast, my words would carry more weight and I will be able to reach out to more people." Modi said.


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'I have faced every attack'

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This was the only objective behind the fast and there was no grudge against anybody, he said.

"Over the last 10 years, we have been vilified. I have faced every attack so that you (people) do not feel the pain. I want to ensure that Gujarat never slips below the parameters of humanity," Modi said.


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'May God give me strength'

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He sought strength from God so that he is "able to dedicate my entire life to the people of Gujarat".  "May God give me strength not to have any bitterness or vengeance ever for anyone," Modi said.

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'Gujarat has scaled new heights'

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The chief minister said the entire country and the world was discussing the development in Gujarat."Gujarat has been successful in its experiments in all sectors and has scaled new heights. After the 2001 earthquake, Gujarat was devastated and many thought it would never rise again, but Gujarat has proved them wrong," he said

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'Gujarat took 3 years to rebuild'

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"Even the World Bank says that if a nation faces disasters like the 2001 earthquake, it would take them at least seven years to rebuild, but the state did this in three years which is a big achievement," said Modi.


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'We handled this situation strictly'

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"In the very next year, 2002, Gujarat saw gruesome communal riots. This incident once again renewed the discussion that Gujarat has gone back on the path of destruction, but we handled this situation strictly and with strength," the BJP leader said.

"The stones that were thrown on us have been used by us to build a staircase," Modi said.

 


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'Every citizen of Gujarat was left to his own fate'

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"Then, I had said that such incidents are not good for a society, but nobody understood us or our agony. Every citizen of Gujarat was left to his own fate. That is when we decided to show the world that people of Gujarat are of a different genre," Modi said.

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'Critics kept on throwing stones at us'

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"Gujarat has set a shining example of peace and unity for the country. But critics kept on throwing stones at us. We were criticised and abused, but we tolerated all that and kept treading on the path of peace, unity and harmony," he said.

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'Our path is one of democracy'

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"We have gathered all the stones that were thrown at us and have built a ladder of development out of them. Our path is one of democracy, Constitution and justice," the CM said.

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'No one acknowledged this peace'

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"Even in 2008 after the (serial) blasts (in Ahmedabad), there were no riots or untoward incidents, but no one acknowledged this peace and unity in the time of adversity," Modi said.

He claimed that in 1980s and 1990s, the atmosphere in Gujarat used to be tense and there would be curfew for months together.


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'Gujarat has understood the true value of harmony'

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Small fights over kite flying or cycling would trigger communal riots, he claimed. Since the last 10 years, there has been no curfew, he said.

This was not because of some preaching or an individual but because of the people of Gujarat, who have understood the true value of harmony, peace and unity, Modi said.


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'Gujarat's model of peace will be discussed across the country'

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After independence, in the name of secularism, vote-bank politics has taken over, he said. Communalism and casteism has become a tradition for 60 years, Modi stated.

"In such a background, I would like to say that the day is not far when Gujarat's model of peace, unity and harmony would be discussed across the country and the world," Modi said.


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