ARA/PATNA: Union home minister Amit Shah said on Saturday the aim of PM Modi was to prepare the base to make India the number one country in the world by 2047 when the centenary of its Independence will be celebrated. He was addressing a function organised by BJP at in Bihar’s Jagdishpur to mark the victory of Veer Kunwar Singh in the 1857 war against the British.
Shah described Kunwar Singh as the front-running freedom fighter in 1857, revolting against the British when was 80. “When I was a child, our history teacher taught us about the courage and bravery of Kunwar Singhji. When I heard of his exploits, it made me proud. Today, when lakhs of people have come here carrying the tricolour to pay tributes to Kunwar Singhji, it once again makes me proud of his achievements,” Shah said.
Shah said the central government will build a grand memorial of Veer Kunwar Singh in Jagdishpur. “It will also depict the valour of all the heroes of the 1857 struggle.”
Shah described Kunwar Singh as someone who cared for Dalits and backwards in his zamindari estate and drew parallels between his and PM Modi’s welfare work. “PM Modi has also done work to mainstream Dalit and backward sections of society,” the home minister said, recounting the Centre’s pro-poor measures and the PM’s announcement of a Rs-1.2-lakh-crore package for Bihar.
The home minister also took a dig at RJD legislator and Bihar’s leader of the opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav without taking his name. “Some people think that if the picture of Laluji is not displayed, people will forget his misrule. Can anyone forget the jungle raj in Bihar when murder was a common thing, there was no electricity, no toilets, and no scheme for the welfare of the poor?”
People clapped, cheered and waved the tricolour as Shah spoke at the event.
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