NEW DELHI: On his 67th birthday, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation, took stock of the `Statue of Unity’ project, addressed a public meeting and interacted with the cooperative sector in his home state, the entire saffron family including BJP-ruled states observed the day as `Swachhata Hi Seva’, launching wide range of social service and cleanliness initiatives.
“Service or ‘seva’ indeed is the best way to celebrate Narendra Bhai’s birthday. Narendra Bhai is someone whose heart beats for the poor, downtrodden, marginalised and the farmers of India. His deep concern for their welfare motivated him to immerse himself in nation building from a very young age,” BJP president Amit Shah said in a blog post on Sunday .
Saying that the Prime Minister had lived his life with an ‘India First’ belief, Shah expressed happiness that people from all walks of life, across the length and breadth of India, were celebrating this day as ‘Seva Divas.’ “It is Narendra Bhai’s sensitivity towards the aspirations of the poor that led to historic poverty alleviation initiatives taking shape at a scale unheard of in the history of India. With Jan Dhan Yojana’s unprecedented success, the banking system was opened to millions who were isolated from the financial main stream. Further, the government rolled out the biggest social security outreach for the poor,” Shah wrote in his blog.