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Gujarat Governor Dr.Smt.Kamla today inaugurated Swarnim Jayanti Mahotsav (Golden Jubilee Mega Festival) at Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad. She said that the land of Gujarat is bejeweled with many Ratnas (Gems). Gujarat has given birth to many great leaders, who created history replete with their glorious contributions.

Swarnim Gujarat Mahotsav w as inaugurated by the Governor in the august presence of Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Mem ber of Lok Sabha Shri L al Krishna Advani, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Smt Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Shri Arun Jaitley, Chief Ministers of various States, Deputy Chief Ministers and eminent leaders. Gujarat Governor observed that today's event is of immense importance for Gujrati community, it is truly a historic occ asion. The fifty years journey in the life of a State is not considered to be a long period. It is also an occasion to reflect upon history, to take a glimpse on miles tone achievements. The introspective process paves way for future progress and prosperity, surely offers inspirations and insights.

Governor remarked that the glorious era began, be fore five dec ades, with the blessings of Pujya Ravishankar Maharaj; the enchanting journey is laced with miles tone achievements and breakthroughs, added Governor. She p aid hom age to Mah atma Gandhiji. Mahatma Gandhi preached truth, non violence and principles of luminosity, his teachings have relevance and value in the present era, enlightens the universe. Under his visionary leadership, India became independent, without shedding a drop of blood. Architect of united India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel belongs to Gujarat. He remains a fountain of inspiration for future generations.

Golden Jubilee Mega Festival opened to an overwhelming public response, Sardar Patel stadium was packed to its capacity.

Sardar Patel st adium w as converted in to cauldron of cultur al diversity. Original and congenial Gujarati music and songs pervaded the stadium mesmerized audience. Golden Jubilee Mega Festival made a historic mark in the history.

Ex. Prime Minister and M.P, Shri L al Krishna Advani s aid, “ It h as been my proud privilege that I am representing Gandhinagar in Lok Sabha. Gujarat is fortunate to have visionary leader like Narendra Modi, who has burning desire to act upon his dreams. In a true sense, the celebrations have become people's festival .It is not just an off icial function. Shri Modiji devotes credit of Swarnim Gujarat to the people.”

Fifty years since its inception, Gujarat stands out as one of the most progressive states, acclaimed nationally and internationally .On the occ asion of Golden Jubilee, Chief Minister extended warm greetings to the people. With meaningful and purposeful contribution from people, Gujarat has scaled new heights, added CM. He said, “I deeply value contribution from all. It is also an occasion to express our gratitude towards martyrs of Maha Gujarat Movement.

We have to realize the dream cherished by Ravishankar Dada and Induchacha, the land belongs to Pujya Bapu. We are inheritors of the great legacy that we inherited from Sardar Patel. It is an occ asion to renew our pledge and commitment People from the world over have come to participate in the golden jubilee festival. Gujarati Community spread over 50 countries and five continents have come to attend the event. The State government has identified 200 sectors. The state aims to act with full vigour to achieve golden goals, and to enhance the human development index for the poor. We have concentrated on 50 issues, in the next ten years. The state government is all set to mark 50 Golden- Landmarks in next 10 years. Common vision, common goal, common dreams, Gujarat has potential to fulfil golden goals. “

He inspired the youth to devote 100 hours of t heir time for Swarnim Gujarat. He outlined the t heme of ‘Vance Gujarat' and ‘Khelkud Mahakumbh”

The 5.5-crore Gujaratis ought to take one pledge, it would take Gujarat forward by 5.5-crore steps during the golden jubilee mega festival.

He exuded confidence that Gujarat is sure to reach such heights during the next 365 days which no one dare compete.

Prominent among those participated at the mega festival included Opposition leader in Lok Sabha Smt Sushma Swaraj, Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Shri Arun Jaitley, Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers from various states, former Central Ministers. Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Keshbhai Patel, present Ministers, MPs, MLAs, religious heads were also present.

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