On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi revealed the significance of September 17 while talking to a gathering in Kevadia, Gujarat. He reiterated that the day was celebrated as Vishwakarma Diwas. However, he maintained that the day was important for another reason. PM Modi stated that this was a golden day in India’s history which had something to do with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and his efforts to unify the country.
He observed that September 17 was also celebrated as the 'Hyderabad Liberation Day'. He elaborated on this point, mentioning the fact that Hyderabad became an integral part of India on this day. The PM noted that since then, Hyderabad had been contributing to India’s progress and development with a lot of vigour. He opined that the map of the country could have been very different in the absence of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's vision. According to him, India’s problems would have been much larger in such a scenario. The PM asserted that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s dream of 'One India, Strong India' was being fulfilled.
On Monday night, the entire Sardar Soravar Dam was lit up with bright coloured lighting. PM Modi reached Ahmedabad around the same time on the occasion of his 69th birthday. The Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat along with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel received him at the airport. After landing in Kevadia, he tweeted a video of the Statue of Unity, which is a majestic statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Later, he visited the Jungle Safari Tourist Park and reviewed the tourism infrastructure.
PM Modi offered prayers to the Narmada river and was present at the Control Room of the Sardar Sarovar Dam. He experienced Kevadia's unique Cactus Garden as well.
Tourists and nature lovers find the Cactus Garden unique!— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 17, 2019
PM @narendramodi says we must keep taking people’s feedback to further improve the garden and make it more popular. pic.twitter.com/tm2BxrA4SI