PM Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind greet nation on Gujarat, Maharashtra Day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 01, 2018, 11.40 AM(IST)

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The first day of May is celebrated as the foundation day of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

On May 1, 1960, the two states were carved out of Bombay state after a linguistic division.

Prior to the bifurcation, the Bombay state largely included Marathi and Gujarati- speaking regions. The state was expanded later with the addition of Saurashtra, Vidarbha and Marathwada under the States Reorganisation Act of 1956.

Gujarat played a major role in developing trade relations between Karachi and Mumbai during the Colonial period.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation on Monday to wish Gujarat and Maharashtra Diwas. 

Wishing the people for Gujarat Diwas, PM Modi tweeted "Greetings on Gujarat Diwas. The state’s people are known for their simplicity and entrepreneurial zeal. Gujarat has made a significant contribution in our nation’s history, especially during the freedom movement. May Gujarat continue to add impetus to India’s progress."

While greeting the country on Maharashtra Diwas he wrote "Best wishes to the people of Maharashtra on their Statehood Day. I pray for the continued progress and prosperity of Maharashtra. May the state scale new heights and keep contributing to the development journey of our nation".

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President Ram Nath Kovind also greeted the nation on the occasion. 

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