Nafcub President Jyotindra Mehta delivered one of the finest speeches of his life when he said the arrival of Amit Shah on the co-operative scene reminds him of Sardar Patel. Mehta was speaking at the mega cooperative conference held on Saturday in Delhi presided over by Union Minister Amit Shah.
75 years ago, there were two messiahs of co-operative- Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel and now they have kind of reincarnated as Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, said Jyotindra Mehta while thanking the Prime Minister for carving out a separate ministry and choosing Shah to head the same.
“Amitbhai will complete the remaining job left behind by Sardar, I have no doubt”, said Mehta who is said to have worked with Shah in reviving the Gujarat co-op movement in the wake of the Madhavpura Mercantile Bank fiasco.
Mehta, who is both in Nafcub and Sahakar Bharati also explained the rationale behind the formation of the ministry. “A vast segment of our population is in the unorganized sector and bringing them into the mainstream is the job of this ministry”, he underlined. The nation cannot progress if this huge segment is not taken care of, added Mehta.
“Amitbhai has an uncanny knack of understanding and dealing with issues. He has worked at the grassroots levels such as PACS and DCCBs and as such, it would be tough for anyone to hoodwink him”, said Mehta elaborating on the personality traits of the new minister. “Now people will listen to us”, he added, saying Shah also has a great comprehension of economic matters.
Mehta was the butt of whispers on Saturday during the Co-op Conclave when Shah would call him every now and then at the dais for some private conversation. Mehta rubbished the event as non-serious when this correspondent asked him about it.
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