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Ahmedabad, Sunday: Even as Gujarat's yearlong golden jubilee celebrations come to an end at a grand gala function at Sardar Stadium here this evening, Governor Dr Shrimati Kamlaji and Chief Minister paid handsome tributes to the visionaries who laid foundation of this progressive state and contributed to the development of the nation.

Dr Kamlaji said the bejeweled Gurjar land has produced many legends and visionaries who made remarkable contributions in the making of modern India. She specially mentioned the names of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Dadabhai Navroji, Indulal Yagnik and social reformer Ravishankar Maharaj. She said that Gujarat had begun its march on this historic day in 1960 and in the hind sight it is evident that the state was blessed by this galaxy of illustrious persons.

She said the golden jubilee was an occasion for the people to dedicate themselves for all round development of the state and nation, by maintaining peace, harmony, unity and brotherhood. She wished Gujarat lives up to the aspirations of the people as a powerful, prosperous and a front ranked state for all times to come.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi described the Golden Jubilee year as the foundation stone for ensuing Golden Age. He expressed his resolve to take the state to greater heights through democratic means with the full cooperation of the people's strength. Gujarat will not bow down before its adversaries and would rather fight against any injustice.

He congratulated 6-crore people and 5.5-lakh karma yogis of Gujarat for their wholehearted contribution to let Gujarat cross many milestones in various sectors. Gujarat's success has become a cause of other state's envy.

Mr. Modi said that he has never claimed that he alone did all development works for the state. In the beginning of the golden jubilee year, we had made it abundantly clear that successive governments have made their contributions in the last 50 years.

Referring to the 3-volume book titled '50 Golden Moments of Swarnim Gujarat Celebrations' released by Governor Dr Kamlaji, Mr. Modi, the speeches of successive Governors of Gujarat chronicles best the developments during the last five decades.

The Chief Minister said that growth made by Gujarat is the best certificate for those who criticize the state. “There are hundreds who work day and night to trouble Modi. But Modi has never bowed down to them and would never will,” he said amidst loud applause from the public packed to capacity at the stadium.

“I will counter all those who scourged upon Gujarat. It is the trust you put upon me that energize me to work for the service of Gujarat,” he said.

Prominent among those present on the occasion were Gujarat Assembly Speaker Ganpat Vasava, Rajya Sabha Opposition Leader Arun Jaitley, state cabinet ministers, MPs, MLAs, Chairmen of various Boards and Corporations, former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, Chief Secretary A.K.Joti, senior secretaries, senior officials and religious leaders.

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