Gandhinagar: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi today said he foresees a bright future for the state and
sought people`s cooperation to realise it.
Modi gave the statement at a function where earth and
water from different villages of the state was brought here to
be used in building Mahatma Mandir.
"I see a bright future for Gujarat and it also needs
people`s contribution and cooperation. We are not only laying
foundation of Mahatma Mandir but foundation of the future of
Gujarat, I can see that," Modi said during his inaugural
address of the 14-day long function.
"These sarpanches of far flung villages of the state have
come here in this severe heatwave conditions to contribute to
the cause," he said.
"They have come with a pot filled with earth and water as
their contribution to built Mahatma Mandir. I don`t think that
when Mahatma Mandir was conceptualised, the government would
have expected such a response from people," the chief minister
Modi said representatives of over 18,000 villages in the
state would come here with earth and water over the next two
weeks and they will be received by a minister of his
"With the contribution of earth from across the state,
country and world over, Mahatma Mandir won`t be merely a
building, it will be a monument for the world," Modi said.
He said that this was for the first time that the
contribution of villages in the development of the state is
clearly visible and publicly acknowledged.
Though Gandhiji was born in Gujarat, he was a world
leader. Therefore, for people to understand Mahatma and follow
his path of non-violence and peace, this Mahatma Mandir was
conceptualised, Modi said.
The foundation of Mahatma Mandir, being conceptualised as
a grand tribute to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, was
laid on May 1.
Mahatma Mandir will house an international convention
centre, three exhibition halls and halls with conferencing
facility. It will also depict the life of Mahatma Gandhi and
act as a source of public awareness about his principles of
non-violence and peace.