"Today is May 1, Gujarat's foundation day. In 1960, after a long struggle and sacrifices of many people, the independent journey for development of Gujarat state began," Modi said after paying homage to martyrs of Gujarat movement at Shahid Smarak in Laldarwaja area of the city.
"This is the place where people participating in the Maha-Gujarat movement were shot at from the Congress office.
Those demanding separate Gujarat state were jailed where they faced severe atrocities," he added.
Acknowledging the sacrifice of people for Gujarat, Modi said, "The golden jubilee year of Gujarat has ended yesterday, and today marks the beginning of the golden era of Gujarat."
I assure the people of the state that Gujarat's development march will move even faster. It will reach every village and every poor and underprivileged person. For this my government is duty-bound," Modi said. He called Gujaratis across the world to serve Gujarat, in order to serve the country.
Modi also demanded that there should not be any differences or controversies on development. "Development should be our sole objective," he added.