Amreli: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Gujarat would have been much better if the Sardar Sarovar project had been completed 40 years ago. Addressing a public rally in Gujarat’s Amreli Modi added, “I have not built Sardar Patel statue to lower the esteem of (Jawaharlal) Nehru.” He further went on to thank the people of Gujarat for the ‘grooming’ he received in the state.

Speaking on the Doklam standoff, PM Modi said, “What I learnt in Gujarat helped me during Doklam standoff with China in 2017.” During the rally, Modi asked if he had created Kashmir issues and then responded that the Congress party had passed on the legacy. The Prime Minister claimed that there was no violence in Jammu and Kashmir in panchayat polls. He added, “But hundreds of people were killed in panchayat polls in West Bengal.”

Taking a jibe at Imran Khan’s statement after Balakot air strike, Modi said that Pakistan had to publicly plead to India to de-escalate the tension between the two countries. PM Modi asserted that terrorism in the country had been contained to only ‘two and a half’ districts in Kashmir. He added that there had been no bomb blast elsewhere in the past five years.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister earlier expressed his grief on the loss of lives to unseasonal rains and storms in various parts of Gujarat. He tweeted, “Anguished by the loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in various parts of Gujarat. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Authorities are monitoring the situation very closely. All possible assistance is being given to those affected.”

(With agency inputs)