‘Poll-fatigued’ CM talks about IT role to empower the poor

Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar on Saturday.

Poll-fatigued was obvious on Chief Minister Narendra Modi as he took to stage on Saturday with a raspy voice to address the audience at the launch the 10,000 seat Garima Park campus of leading IT service provider Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Gandhinagar.

The event which began after an hour's delay saw BJP's prime ministerial candidate speaking about the effect of his recent political rallies in poll-bound Chattisgarh. He said, "Tape isliye kharaab hai kyunki chunav ke maidaano se aa raha hun, wahaan Bhashan alag hai aur bhasha bhi alag hai (The tape recorder is bad because I am coming from poll-bound state, where the speech and the language are completely different)."

While inaugurating the new "green" software development facility - TCS Garima Park - spread across 25 acres with a built up area of 1.6 million square feet, Modi said, "Khushi ka mahaul zyaada hota hai jab shaadi ke bahut saalon ke baad bachha aaat hai (There is more rejoicing when a child is born late in a marriage)."

Lauding TCS for having broken the notion that Gujarat was lagging behind in the IT sector, Modi said, "Even during Hurricane Katrina, there were a few BPO's in Gujarat that had served people and guided them so that least destruction happens."

The Gujarat CM was joined on the dais by dignitaries like Cyrus P Mistry, chairman of Tata Group and N Chandrasekaran of Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of TCS.

Stressing about the important role that technology plays in human lives, Modi asked IT professionals to harness technology to empower the poor.

He said, "Earlier, cities would come up next to rivers, later they started coming next to highways a time will come when they will come up next to optical fibres networks owing to the importance of technology in our lives. Gujarat has the longest optical fibre network. The Gujarat Government has earned a revenue of Rs 400 crore just because the checkposts on Gujarat-Maharastra border have technological surveillance," he said.

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