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CM unveils Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue in Surat

Leadership of Shivaji Maharaj still serves as a source of inspiration for good governance: CM

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Unveiling a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Surat today Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the leadership of Shivaji still serves as a source of inspiration for good governance.

The land where the statue is located has been given away to a Trust by Muslim donors.

Speaking to a large gathering of people Chief Minister elaborated on how Shivaji Maharaj shunned nepotism and formed an ashta-pradhanmandal and efficient administrative cadre in transparent manner.

Chief Minister said that people find difficulty in recollecting the names of their forefathers but the memory of the figures like Shivaji remains eternal as such people have devoted their entire life for the good of society.

Shivaji Maharaj was a defender of Hindu civilization, a cow-savior and an efficient administrator. He carried out various betterment works of irrigation management in hilly areas and brought about good governance. He took stern approach against corruption. If we forget such heroes we will miss our great tradition and heritage, Mr. Modi said.

Shivaji Maharaj's life gives message of developing the valorous qualities. Valour does not mean violence rather the valour brings out social strength, he said.

The fact that the land for this statue has been given away by a Muslim family indicates the strength of Gujarat's mantra of sadbhavna, he said.

Panchayat Minister Narottam Patel said that Shivaji Maharaj undertook great works for the upliftment of masses. The Chief Minister is also walking on Shivaji's ideals and putting Gujarat's growth on global map with mantra of ‘Sauno Sath, Sauno Vikas' (Collective Efforts, Inclusive Growth).

Ministers Mangubhai Patel, Ranjitsinh Gilitwala, MPs, Surat MLAs, Mayor Rajendra Desai, city and district office bearers were present in large number on the occasion.

 
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