Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi on Monday said that had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been the
first Prime Minister of India, the country would have been
relieved of problems such as Kashmir and communalism.
"If Sardar Saheb had been the first Prime Minister,
things would have been quite different in this country," Modi
said, addressing a gathering at Swaminarayan temple here.
Today is the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, the first
Home Minister of the country, who hailed from Gujarat.
Modi`s followers in BJP often call him "Chhote (Junior)
"Had Patel been the PM, the problems like Kashmir,
terrorism, communalism, problems of farmers, would not have
cropped up, or would have been dealt with and sorted out,"
"People still ask what would have been the situation if
Sardar Patel was alive today, how would he have reacted to
present crisis in the nation. This remembrance by the people
is one of the greatest tribute to the iron man of India," Modi
Hailing Patel`s role in unifying the country after
independence, Modi said, "Every Gujarati`s heart is filled
with pride when he remembers Sardar Saheb."
Modi also talked about his government`s plans to put up
Patel`s statue, which would be the tallest statue in the
world, to be called `statue of unity`, in Narmada district.
Referring to decision of Maruti Suzuki India to establish
a plant in Mehasana district, he also said that Gujarat was
emerging as a auto hub of Asia.