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Guj CM dedicates historic memorial depicting heroism of Vasant-Rajab in Ahmedabad

Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patl dedicated ‘Bandhutva Smarak’, a symbol of communal harmony, at the historic Gaekwad Haveli in Ahmedabad this evening.

On this occasion, CM Smt Patel said that this memorial, set up in memory of Vasant Rao Hegishte, a Hindu and Rajab Ali Lakhani, a Muslim, who sacrificed their lives for the cause of communal harmony during communal violence on 1st July, 1946, will be a place of inspiration to the society for communal harmony and national integrity.

CM Smt Patel appreciated this initiative of Ahmedabad City Police and suggested to arrange school children’s visit so that they can be inspired from such real life stories from our glorious history.

CM Smt Patel praised the heroic efforts of the duo and added that communal antagonism impedes social development and spoils the lives of many families. She said that people like Vasant-Rajab had set an example of brotherhood and communal harmony.

CM Smt Patel stated that Gujarat has become a model of inclusive development and prevailing communal harmony is the base of our economic growth. She went on to say that people of all religion are living peacefully in the state for a long time now. She emphasised on the need of communal accord in the peace loving country of ours and appealed to crush the anti-national elements to ensure peace and progress.

State Health Minister Shri Shankarbhai Chaudhary, State Law Minister Shri Pradeepsinh Jadeja, State Home Minister Shri Rajanikant Patel, MP Shri Kiritbhai Solanki, Ahmedabad Mayor Smt. Meenakshiben Patel, ACS (Home) Shri P. K. Taneja, DGP Shri P. C. Thakur, Ahmedabad Police Commissioner Shri Shivanand Jha, other senior police officers and people in large numbers remained present on this occasion.

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