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Ambedkar achieved social integration, PM started economic integration: Shah

Lavishing praise on Modi on his 67th birthday, Shah said the PM's life in many ways was a 'personification of the spirit of India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented a memento during a public meeting in Dabhoi on Sunday after inauguration of the Sardar Sarovar Dam. Photo: PTI

president on Sunday bracketed Prime Minister Modi with Sardar Patel and BR Ambedkar and said Modi had started India's economic integration after Patel and Ambedkar respectively achieved the country's territorial and social unification.

Lavishing praise on Modi on his 67th birthday, Shah said the PM's life in many ways was a "personification of the spirit of India" and claimed his sensitivity towards the aspirations of the poor had led to "historic poverty alleviation initiatives taking shape at a scale unheard of in the history" of

Under the Modi government, Shah said, taxpayers, a majority of whom belonged to the middle class, felt they were valued following crackdowns against and corruption through various measures, including and the benami

Opposition parties had sharpened their criticism of the government's claims about after the RBI said over 99 per cent old notes were deposited in banks but the insisted it had increased transparency and expanded the formal economy.

"remembers Sardar Patel for the territorial integration of our nation and we recall the role of Babasaheb Ambedkar in our social integration. Through initiatives starting from the Jan Dhan Yojana to the GST, Bhai has set the ball rolling for the economic integration of India," Shah said in a blog.

Targeting the prime minister's critics, he said Modi had ruffled several feathers by his action against the corrupt and status quo -- "after all, years of privilege of a select few are now over and the poor are now getting their due".

Recalling his decades-long association with Modi, he said the prime minister had never celebrated his birthday and added that service or 'sewa' was the best way to mark the occasion.

Modi's heart, he said, "beats for the poor, downtrodden, marginalised and the farmers of India". Shah added that the PM's deep concern for their welfare had motivated him to immerse himself in nation building from a very young age.

"First is a belief that Bhai has lived at every point of his life," Shah wrote.

People saw Modi as a compassionate leader, he said.

"They see him as their own, a person working round the clock for their and the nation's welfare, without any self-interest. His popularity has transcended all boundaries," the chief said.

He added that he first met Modi as a young BJP worker and neither of them was drawn to power as the saffron party then was far from the force it later became. What mattered, he said, was that they devoted every moment of their time for India's welfare.

"We will continue to serve the nation and support him (Modi) as he takes India to new heights of success and glory," Shah said citing the Mudra scheme, Jan Dhan accounts, surgical strikes and to underline Modi's resolve and commitment to the country's welfare.

First Published: Sun, September 17 2017. 15:53 IST