NEW DELHI, March 29: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad yesterday said the entire world is now praising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his good governance model in the state.
Prasad, who was reacting to the meeting between a high-profile American delegation, comprising parliamentarians and businessmen, and Modi, said it is only a confirmation in a series of developments from the European Union and the Government of Britain who have acknowledged the extraordinary development and all-round progress of the state of Gujarat under the latter's dynamic leadership.
"Today if senior members of the American Congress and business leaders from the US have met Narendra Modi, warmly praised his record of governance and development in Gujarat; it is only a confirmation in a series of developments from the European Union and the Government of Britain who have acknowledged the extraordinary development and all-round progress of the state of Gujarat under the dynamic leadership of Narendra Modi," said Prasad.
"Your work will speak for you and that's what Narendra Modi has established giving a strong rebuff to all the campaign of canard against him by certain vested interest for the last so many years.
Ultimately the quality of your work and the record of your leadership triumphs. I am sure the inclusive, the all encompassing development, which the BJP Government in Gujarat under Narendra Modi has established over the years would become a good benchmark of growth with equity all around the world which is being appreciated and warmly applauded,' he added.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, however, played down the meeting between the Modi and the US delegation. Modi, who met a high-powered delegation of members of USA House of Representatives and business leaders here on Thursday, spoke about the fast, inclusive and environment-friendly process of development in Gujarat and stated that people's participation is the key to the state's development model.
Welcoming the USA delegation in the land of Mahatma Gandhi, Modi stated: 'With hard work we have been able to create an impact in the country.' Modi also called for the strengthening of democratic processes keeping in mind the larger good of the people. 'Mahatma Gandhi has been and is the biggest lighthouse in this journey. Gujarat, being the land of Mahatma Gandhi believes in these principles and has been at the forefront of nurturing such ideals and leading its people on the path of growth,' he opined.
Modi said that USA is the oldest democracy in the world and India the largest and that both nations should remain committed to these principles.
'Our democratic ideals flow from ideals of humanity and in today's world, the challenges before us compel us to work together even more seriously to strengthen democratic principles,' he affirmed.
During his interaction with the visiting US Congress delegates, Modi also spoke about the need for humanitarian forces coming together in a time when other forces challenging safety and security of mankind are very active. He declared that the humanitarian forces must come together and fight terrorism along with other challenges of poverty and unemployment.
Modi further mentioned how Gujaratis have become a global community receiving love and affection from across the world. He wished the visiting American delegation a fruitful stay in India and thanked them for this wonderful beginning.
The visiting delegation included Representative Aaron Schock (a Republican Congressman from Illinois), Representative Cynthia Lummis (a Republican Congresswoman representing Wyoming), and Representative Cathy M. Rodgers (Republican Congresswoman from Washington state). Representative Rodgers also serves as the Chair of the House Republican Conference.
The visiting American Congress representatives were impressed by the development journey of Gujarat with Representative Cathy M. Rodgers hailing the economic development and anti-corruption drive in Gujarat.
She stated that Modi has made a difference in the people''s lives and looked forward to working together with Gujarat.