Vadodara, Apr 9 UNI | 4 months ago

Heaping praises on the style of governance of erstwhile Maharaja Sayajirao Gaikwad, the third, Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today said the former Vadodara rulers gave a model of good governance which has been inspiring generations of administrators and governments.

Speaking to mediapersons after filing his nomination papers from Vadodara Lok Sabha constituency this morning, Mr Modi said Maharaja Sayajirao Gaikwad took several steps for the welfare of people. "He emphasised the importance of water conservation and education to girls. That was his great tradition. During the Gaikwad rule, the schools and libraries were opened in every village," the Gujarat Chief Minister said.

Mr Modi said he too was educated in the education system established by the Gaikwads as his native town Vadnagar was once a part of the Vadodara state of the Gaikwads. "Maharaja Sayajirao's book 'Minor Hints' is still relevant for the administrators. Whenever a new IAS officer is posted in Gujarat,I recommend him this book to read," the BJP leader said.

"I entered the electoral politics from Rajkot in Saurashtra, then I moved to north Gujarat and now the party has given me chance to contest from this central Gujarat constituency," he added.

Mr Modi thanked the people of Vadodara for a warm reception. He urged them to vote for the BJP in large numbers.

Gujarat will go to polling on April 30 for the 26 Lok Sabha seats.

(Posted on 10-04-2014)