In the wake of the bridge collapse in Morbi that has led to the death of more than 143 and still counting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting the Morbi on Tuesday, November 1. PM Modi condoled the deaths caused by the bridge collapse in Gujarat’s Morbi city while addressing a gathering at the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Parade. PM Modi assures the people of the country that there will be no let up in the relief and rescue operations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over the Rashtriya Ekata Diwas parade at the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya in Gujarat and also paid floral tributes to Sardar Patel on his birth anniversary.
PM Narendra Modi said that “I was in Ekta Nagar but my mind is connected with the victims of Morbi. I have rarely experienced such pain in my life. On one side is the suffering heart full of pain and on the other side is the path of Karma and Duty. I am in your midst to take on the responsibilities of this path of duty. But a heart full of compassion is in the midst of those suffering families”.
The Gujarat government has been engaged in relief and rescue operations with full force since last evening. The state government is also being given full help from the central government. NDRF teams, Army and Air Force have been deployed and are engaged in relief work. People who are undergoing treatment in the hospital, there is also full alertness. Priority is being given to minimise the problems of the people.
The Gujarat Chief Minister, Bhupendra Patel, arrived at Morbi in the middle of the night after hearing of the bridge collapse disaster. Since yesterday, he has been commanding the relief and rescue operations. A committee has also been formed by the state government to investigate the incident.
The Prime Minister further said that in yesterday’s Morbi disaster and the difficult times of the Corona epidemic, every citizen of the country is standing by the victims. It is this unity that strikes the enemies of India. Even in the time of slavery, the citizens of the country had been fighting against slavery with unity and as a result, the country has been able to achieve freedom. We are still suffering the consequences of the poison that was used during the time of slavery. Even today, foreign forces break the country and elements who betray the country by staying in the country are dynamic and we all have to avoid it. We all have to break the power to weaken the country with unity.
Addressing the occasion, the Prime Minister said Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is a tribute to the invaluable role of Sardar Patel in unifying our nation. He said unity has always been a uniqueness of India but there are attempts to break and divide the country even today. He urged people to refrain from the negative narratives that try to divide the country into the lines of religion, caste and language.
The Prime Minister said all the policies of the central government aim at bringing the people of the last mile into the mainstream of development by offering equal opportunities to all citizens as envisioned by Sardar Patel.