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On the eve of the sacred day of democracy when elections and Ayodhya judgment are round the corner the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to all to ensure peace and tranquility in the state. He said that the need of the hour is to strengthen further the climate of industrial development so that the state's continued march towards progress is ensured.

The chief minister's humble appeal is as follows:

In the country there prevails an atmosphere of celebration and religious activities which are in full swing. In Gujarat too all of you are immersed in the fervour of festivities be it religious, cultural or social.

In Gujarat zealous preparations are in full swing to celebrate the forthcoming festivals like Navratri, Vijayadasami and Diwali. These festivals give a boost to the economic activities of all, be it big or small. Even the poorest of the poor get good opportunity to earn their livelihood.

On the other hand elections are approaching. Besides, a decision is expected to come in the longstanding Ayodhya case. My humble appeal to all the citizens is that though you would be eagerly expecting the judgment please do not be swayed by excitement as it will not benefit anyone. Kindly remember that Gujarat has laid to rest for the past several years the ghost of violence and curfew.

Gujarat is today progressing on its strength of peace and social amity. Because of development the poor are able to get employment opportunities. According to a recent Government of India report, Gujarat has successfully given employment opportunities to 72 per cent of its youths and ranks as the topmost state in the sphere of providing employment. In contrast other states combined could only provide 28 per cent employment to the youths.

We must progress further in the path of development. We need to celebrate our festivals with joy and enthusiasm.

We have tasted the fruits of peace, safety and development.


Let us strengthen the climate of peace.

The country's enemies are carefully watching us. Let us not allow any anti-social element to succeed in destroying the peaceful social fabric of our state. Therefore I appeal to you all that let us take the development of Gujarat further towards the path of progress with peace, self-control and patience.

Commissionerate of Information, Gujarat

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