While describing chief minister Narendra Modi as a mahaan neta (great leader), his Punjab counterpart Parkash Singh Badal urged him not to confine himself to Gujarat and announced that Punjab would hold an agriculture summit in February.
The Punjab CM started his address at the agriculture summit in Gandhinagar by calling Modi ‘Bharat ke mahaan neta’ (great leader of India).
While Badal mainly focused on talking about the problems faced by farmers, his speech was also laden with humour and light comments.
“We will copy you, and organise an agriculture summit in February. But it will not be as big as this one. We don’t even have such a building (Mahatma Mandir),” he commented, triggering cheers from the crowd.
Calling Gujarat as an elder brother, he suggested that the state should perhaps gift such a building to Punjab.
“Gujarat is the land of Gandhi and Sardar Patel. Now, it is also the land of ‘Sardar Modi’,” he said, again triggering applause from the crowd.
He also questioned Modi why he was confining himself to Gujarat.
Badal said that he was drinking milk of Gir cow gifted to him by Modi. He then turned towards Modi and said that the cow had become quite old and asked Modi to gift him a younger one, leading to peals of laughter from the assembled farmers.
Earlier, Madhya Pradesh’s agriculture minister Ramkrishna Kusmariya described Modi as ‘Bharat ka bhavishya’ (future of India).