Kevadiya (Gujarat), October 31
PM Narendra Modi on Saturday said nobody had imagined last year that Covid-19 pandemic would strike, but the country fought with collective strength and will, which is unprecedented in history.
When other countries of the world are struggling against the pandemic, India had fought it bravely and is coming out of it, he said.
Modi said India and the world are facing challenge from those who support terrorism openly.
He said the Pulwama terror attack truth was revealed after claims in Pakistan parliament.
Earlier, Modi paid floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first home minister, at the 182-metre- tall Statue of Unity here on his 145th birth anniversary.
Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary is celebrated as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day) since 2014.
Modi, whose two-day Gujarat visit started on Friday, reached the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya in Narmada district in the morning and offered flowers at the feet of the monument of Sardar Patel.
At the same time, rose petals were showered on the statue from helicopters.
Modi then headed to the parade ground and administered ‘national unity pledge’ to the gathering on this occasion.
On Friday, Modi had inaugurated as many as 17 projects, including new tourist attractions near the Statue of Unity. Some of the major attractions include Arogya Van, Ekta Mall, Children Nutrition Park, Sardar Patel Zoological Park or Jungle Safari, and a boat ride. PTI