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Goa would have been liberated earlier had Sardar Patel lived longer: PM Modi | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Goa would have been liberated earlier from Portuguese rule had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel lived for a little more time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.
Addressing an event on Goa Liberation Day, the Prime Minister said that the monumental contributions of the brave freedom fighters of Goa will never be forgotten.
Goa Liberation Day is celebrated on December 19 every year to mark the success of ‘Operation Vijay’ undertaken by the Indian Armed Forces that liberated Goa from Portuguese rule.
Patel, deputy PM in the Jawaharlal Nehru cabinet, died on December 15, 1950. He is credited with the liberation of Marathwada region in Maharashtra from erstwhile Nizam’s rule.
Speaking about his visit to Rome, Modi said, “Some time ago, I went to Italy and the Vatican City. There I also had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis. I invited him to visit India, to which Pope Francis said “This is the greatest gift you have given me.”
“This is his love for India’s diversity, our radiant democracy,” the Prime Minister said.
Earlier today, PM Modi inaugurated multiple development projects in Goa including the renovated Fort Aguada Jail Museum, Super Speciality Block at Goa Medical College, New South Goa District Hospital, Aviation Skill Development Center at Mopa Airport and the Gas insulated Substation at Dabolim-Navelim, Margao.
He also laid the foundation stone for India International University of Legal Education and Research of Bar Council of India Trust at Goa.
The Prime Minister distributed awards to the best Panchayat/Municipality, Swayampurna Mitras and beneficiaries of Swayampurna Goa Programme.
(With agency inputs)

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