Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday addressed a public gathering at Sant Savaiyanath Dham, a popular religious place in Zanzaraka of Ahmedabad district, before launching the third leg of the Gujarat Gaurav Yatra. Shah listed all the developmental projects and works done by the BJP government.
Amit Shah listed Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Surat Diamond Bourse, bullet train, World Health Organisation’s global centre for traditional medicines in Jamnagar among the BJP’s development projects in the state. He also stated that under the leadership of PM Modi, pilgrim places of Gujarat like Ambaji and Somnath temples have been developed. He also expressed confidence that the ruling BJP will retain power in Gujarat by winning the upcoming Assembly elections with a two-thirds majority.
Several senior BJP leaders like Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Gujarat BJP chief C R Paatil, and Union ministers Mansukh Mandaviya and Arjun Ram Meghwal accompanied Shah.
On the launch of Gaurav Yatra, Shah said “This yatra is to thank the people of Gujarat who have put their trust in the leadership of Narendra Modi, who got Gujarat to the number one position in the entire country. t is a yatra to thank the voters who have never made BJP see a defeat in Gujarat since 1990.”
Together, the yatra will pass through 144 of Gujarat’s 182 assembly segments over the next week or so, covering a distance of about 5,700km. In all, party leaders including Union ministers are scheduled to address about 145 rallies at various locations that are touched by the yatra. The yatras are seen as a massive effort by the BJP to consolidate its support base in a state where it has been in power for the last 27 years.
As Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi organised the first Gaurav Yatra ahead of the state elections in December 2002; the party won 127 seats. The BJP organised the Gaurav Yatra again in 2017 when it won 99 of the 182 seats.