Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two day visit to Northeast states, Sikkim and Assam, said he has lived among thorns and will continue doing so.
Addressing a conference of Agriculture Ministers in Sikkim, PM Modi said, “Don’t let me become delicate like a flower. I have lived among the thorns, I will continue to live among the thorns.”
But there cannot be any bigger privilege if my life can be useful in wiping the tears of a sad person with the delicacy of a flower whenever necessary, Modi added.
Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling asked the Prime Minister to name two orchid species while he would name the third one.
Addressing at the event PM Modi, said, “The names I gave were — one ‘Sardar’ in the memory of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, the second Deen Dayal because of his birth centenary. But the CM gave some other name (Namo). I thank the Sikkim government for bestowing such an honour on me.”
The orchid species were named as ‘Cymbidium Sardar’ (after Sardar Patel), ‘Cymbidium Deen Dayal (after Deen Dayal Upadhyay) and ‘Cymbidium Namo’ (after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi).
He also said an airport in the state will not only boost tourism but also help in quick transportation of Sikkim’s organic flowers and other products to other states and global market.
Modi also hailed quality of flowers of the state. “Sikkim grows some flowers with long shelf life. There are different fragrances. There is big global market for fragrance. They want organic raw material. If the flowers have to be transported, there is need for infrastructure. So, an airport needs to be built in Sikkim,” he said.