PM 'bows' to people of Gujarat ahead of visit

R Roshan Baig

R Roshan Baig

In his speech, PM Modi also took a dig at the Congress, calling the Gujarat elections a fight between 'development and dynasty, ' adding that development politics will triumph over family rule. PM Modi also claimed that victorious battle will emerge in Gujarat.

State Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on the occasion announced zero percent interest on farm loans up to 3 lakh rupees to 25 lakh farmers of the state. Considering that in each of his recent visits to the state, the Prime Minister has either launched a project (for example - the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train and the Sardar Sarovar Dam) or announced multiple sops and schemes, it is expected that Modi would make some announcements on Monday too which would endear voters to the BJP.

Amid the ongoing war of words between the Congress and the BJP leaders ahead of Assembly elections in Gujarat, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has said something to lighten the moods of warring politicians.

The PM went on to say that previous Congress-led UPA Government didn't leave single stone unturned to put him behind bars. "The highest number of MPs from rural areas are of the BJP", he said.

"You know how this party and the family treated Sardar Patel".

"History witnessed what the Congress did with Sardar Patel and his daughter Maniben?" He said there were almost 30 parties that were consulted and involved with the new tax, of whom he singled out one. In riot-ravaged Gujarat, he appealed to the asmita of 5 crore Gujaratis and said that outsiders are tried to defame them.

Lashing out at Congress for opposing GST, the Prime Minister said Congress is also one of the partners in GST as all the decisions taken regarding GST are taken by GST Council which comprises Chief Ministers of Congress-led states as well. While addressing BJP workers in Gandhinagar, Modi said, "Gujarat polls are around the corner and the Congress has developed fever once again".

On demonetisation, another issue being aggressively raised by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat, Modi said, "I have read that the Congress is going to observe November 8 as "black day".

He said that he understands all the contributions and the struggles made by all the workers of the Gujarat Bharatiya Janata party.

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