"China should shed its expansionist policy and forge bilateral ties with India for peace, progress and prosperity of both the nations," the Gujarat Chief Minister said while addressing a rally at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.
"Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and will always remain so. No power can snatch it from us. People of Arunachal Pradesh didn't come under pressure or fear of China," he said.
"I swear in the name of this soil that I will never allow the state to disappear, breakdown and to bow down," Modi said to a thunderous applause from people.
He said that China should shed its expansionist mindset because the world of today does not accept it.

“The entire world is moving towards development. China needs to change its stand. China should shed its expansionist mindset and adopt the plank of development. Focus is on the development all over the world," Modi added.

Lauding the patriotic nature of the people of the state, Modi said that because of them, who were guarding the state as well as the country as sentinels, Arunachal remained an integral part of the country.
"The people here are real patriots as they salute their counterparts with 'Jai Hind' and are zealously protecting the state's territory. They gave a befitting reply to the advancing Chinese army during 1962 and the British and several army personnel from the state also fought with Pakistan during the Kargil war," he said.
While directly referring to the January 30 incident wherein Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Tania died in Delhi after being assaulted by a few shopkeepers, Modi cautioned the UPA government against underestimating the people of the state, and said that it is the duty of the entire nation to protect the people and the state's territorial integrity.

Elaborating on BJP's mantra for development of the North-East region, Modi pitched for the '3H' model of growth for Arunachal Pradesh.  “H - Herbal, Horticulture and Handicrafts. These 3Hs can give lot of opportunities to the people here," Modi said.
"Arunachal can be the world environment capital. It is no less than Switzerland," he added.     

Criticizing the Congress government, both at the Centre as well as in the state for their failure to meet the aspirations of the people, he said, "Neither dynasty nor casteism will benefit the country. Country will be benefited from development and 2014 elections will be fought on the development plank."
He also said that Congress government at the Centre does not listen to its own government in Arunachal Pradesh.

Referring to the killing of Nido Tania, Modi said, "You need a government which is sensitive to the problems of every part of the country. The state does not have any opportunity in education or employment to offer the youth."
"There were special provisions in the budget for the development of northeast and Sikkim during AB Vajpayee's time," he said, adding, "Lotus will again bloom in the region."
Making an attempt to bond with the state, he said, "I come from Gujarat, a land that has very old and close relations with Arunachal Pradesh. The relation between Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh brings the eastern and western part of our country together."
He also said that the "first rays of the Sun bless this land. Arunachal Pradesh wakes up first and then the rest of India rises. The final rays of the sun set in Gujarat and tell us, we will rise again tomorrow in Arunachal Pradesh."


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