Ahmedabad, Feb 7: BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the three-day Ummat Business Conclave 2014 at the Riverfront here. The conclave has business harmony as its theme and promises to flag off a new episode in the cross-community business scopes.
On the occasion, Modi spoke on the need of adapting to a growth model which ensured equality for everybody, irrespective of caste, creed or religion. He stressed security, equality, prosperity and equity as the four most important pillars of Gujarat's growth story.
The event is being seen as an effort to project development of Muslims
Modi, to give an example of the fair approach which is being followed in Gujarat to help all sections grow, spoke on Jyotigram Yojana which ensured electricity to all villages round the clock. The leader also said on the occasion that the BJP wants power only to empower the people.
Union minister and Congress leader Kapil Sibal took a dig at Modi during the day, saying if the latter wanted to serve all communities, he should end his association with the RSS.
BJP's PM candidate and Gujarat CM addresses the Ummat business conclave on the opening day.
Narendra Modi inaugurates programme
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi with business representatives at the Ummat Business Conclave on Friday, February 7, 2014.
Narendra Modi speaks
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi speaks at the Ummat Business Conclave 2014 on Friday, February 7, 2014. The conclave will continue till Sunday.
Participants at Ummat Business Conclave in Ahmedabad
Participants at the three-day Ummat Business Conclave in Ahmedabad on Friday, February 7, 2014. The programme was inaugurated by Gujarat CM and BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi.
Narendra Modi with business representatives
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi greets business representatives at the community business conclave in Ahmedabad on Friday, February 7, 2014.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi admires a painting during the inauguration of three day 'Ummat Business Conclave 2014' in Ahmedabad on Friday.