Ahmedabad: Lauding the "Gujarat model", BJP president Amit Shah today said the same model finds resonance in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's effort to make India "world's number 1 country."
"When BJP came to power in Gujarat, a new development model was thought of, which is being praised across the country and all over the world, known as Gujarat model," Shah said addressing a gathering here.
"Here (in Gujarat), government positions and ministries are not a source of enjoyment but a way to serve people. Such a culture is developed by (the) BJP government. And the result is there to see," he said.
Elaborating further on his idea of "Gujarat model," the BJP president said Gujarat developed into a "welfare state" under the leadership of then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
"When framers of Constitution discussed on what a state should be like, after six-and-half hour discussion, a welfare state was conceived. I can say that under Narendra Modi's leadership, BJP has helped develop Gujarat into a welfare state," he said.
"Today, Narendra Modi government (at the Centre), in full majority, is working to place India as number 1 country in the world, the foundation of which was laid under his leadership as the Chief Minister here (in Gujarat)," Shah added.
Shah was here to inaugurate a bus terminal which has been built, on a public private partnership, over 7,900 square metre area with the facilities of a mall-cum-multiplex, apart from having the capacity to handle 1,278 buses on a daily basis.
While praising "Gujarat model," Shah spoke about various initiatives taken by the state government to address the needs of different sections of society, including 'Kanya Kelavni Yojana' for girl child, 'Van Bandhu Kalyan Yojana' for tribal, 'Sagar Khedut Yojana' for people living in coastal areas, among others.
He also spoke about Sabarmati Riverfront while elaborating on how (Narendra) Modi put a special focus on urban development.
"We came out with 100-150 town planning schemes at once for proper urban development under the leadership of Narendra Modi," the former Gujarat Minister added.