In his message to people of the state Modi, who has been quite vocal in criticising the Congress-led UPA government at the center for its policies, said, "Diwali has been an integral part of our culture for thousands of years, commemorating the time when Shri Ram returned victorious to Ayodhya. It celebrates a move from darkness to light. It is the ultimate triumph of good over evil."
"Let us pray that our country be blessed with enough brightness to keep our nation away from the menace of corruption and price rise. It is then that we can free the poorest of the poor from the clutches of poverty and make each and every individual an integral part of our development journey," Modi said in his message.
The chief minister conveyed greetings for the Gujarati new year, and advised people to celebrate the festival with adequate care and safety.