Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his birth anniversary on Sunday expressing his gratitude to the Maratha warrior for having taken birth here. “I bow to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his Jayanti. India is proud that a valorous and great soul like him was born on our land.” “Shivaji Maharaj placed wellbeing of his people above everything. He was an ideal ruler blessed with exceptional administrative skills,” Modi said. He spoke of his endeavours at creating an India on the ideals of Shivaji Maharaj something that the latter would have been proud of. “We are working tirelessly to fulfil the ideals of Shivaji Maharaj and create an India that he would be proud of,” he said.
The Prime Minister also expressed his feeling of being honored at joining the “programme for Shivaji Maharaj’s statue off the Arabian Sea. I will always cherish that day.”
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 24, last year, laid the foundation stone of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s memorial on board a hovercraft in the Arabia Sea situated off the Mumbai coast. The memorial, which includes a proposed 192-meter (630-foot) -tall statue of Shivaji, a 16th century ruler from western India, will be built off the coast of Mumbai on land reclaimed from the Arabian Sea. Along with the prime minister, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thakeray, who is also BJP’s ally, were also present on board the hovercraft.