Kolkata: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi believes Bengal has huge potential to lead India into “Atmanirbhar Bharat” and BJP’s look east policy is one of the means to achieve it completely.
Bengal has to play a major role in ‘Purvodaya’ Modi said while speaking virtually during the inauguration of Durga Puja at EZCC, Salt Lake here, to mark “Mahashasti”, the first day of the five-day Durga puja festival.
Modi began his address greeting in Bengali and said he felt he was in Bengal, although he was in New Delhi and communicating via video conferencing on this auspicious occasion.
He also suggested everyone to observe the auspicious occasion with maintaining COVID-19 protocols and social distancing.
Modi recalled Bengal’s contributions during independence and after in every aspect of life, culturally, socially, philosophy and literature and believed that it has huge potential to lead India in the achievement of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Modi also paid tributes to various eminent personalities from West Bengal and hoped the state would take India forward.
The Prime Minister recalled the Swadeshi movement and said it was Bengal which turned Swadeshi into an ‘oath’ during the freedom movement.
He said, the people have shown great restraint in celebrating Durga Puja amid Covid-19 and urged everyone to wear masks and follow social distancing during celebrations.
“Durga Puja reflects unity and strength of India, as well as traditions and culture of Bengal”, the PM remarked.
The Prime Minister referred the ‘Woman Power’ in Hindu mythology as well as in the making India’s future.
He said, everyone will have to move forward with the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas,’ and West Bengal has to play a significant role in ‘Purvodaya’, and for this BJP’s look east policy was one of the arms.
Listing the government’s effort to make India self-sufficient and improve in all aspects of lives, the government has allocated Rs 8,500 crore for Kolkata’s East West Metro in the making of ‘Sonar Bangla’.
“Mission to empower women is going at a rapid pace in India and we all have to move forward with the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”, PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister concluded his 35 minutes speech again in Bengali and said he could not resist uttering the sweet language though they may not be correctly pronounced and sought apology for error in case if any.
Earlier, Union Minister, Babul Supriyo sung Rabindra Sangeet for inauguration where many BJP leaders were present at the EZCC.
The live stream was transmitted to various districts of West Bengal.