Washington: Asserting that he has given a new meaning to "development" during his 12-year rule in Gujarat, Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said that the greatest challenge facing India is restoring the trust of people.

"I feel biggest crisis (today) is lack of confidence. We need to get this trust back. This cannot be merely done by words: Biggest need today is trust," Modi said.

Modi made the remarks in his video-link address to the people of the Gujarati community living in 20 cities across the US.

Lashing out at foreign policy of the UPA government, he alleged that New Delhi is being ruled by weak leaders. "Then questions are raised: China withdraws its forces but I wonder why Indian forces are withdrawing from Indian territory? Why did we retreat (from our own territory)?" he said questioning the China policy of the UPA.

Addressing the Gujarati Diaspora community, Modi claimed that during his rule in Gujarat, he has given a new meaning to development. "We have adopted Mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. We do not want development of only select sections of society," Modi said.

"We have taken development to new heights, taken it for wellbeing of every person: I am saying it again, Narendra Modi has not done it. The credit goes to six crore Gujaratis and those who love Gujarat," he said.

Modi, in his speech, sought contribution of the overseas Gujarati community in building a statue of unity of Sardar Patel, which he said would be double the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York. This would be the tallest statue of the world and a tribute to the son of the soil Sardar Patel, he added.

Various ethnic Gujarati associations celebrated Gujarat Day in America on May 12 to mark the formation of the state on May 1, 1960. Modi was invited to share his vision of ‘Good Governance’ on this occasion.


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