Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the star campaigner of Gujarat BJP. It is said that when nothing works, Modi works. He began campaigning in Gujarat from November 19. Today he addressed a sabha in Surendranagar where he took a jibe at Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra for the first time.
Modi said “You belong to the royal family, I hail from an ordinary family, I have no problem. I am a servant and a servant with little to do. You called me ugly, low caste, death dealer, dirty sewer worm and now you ask to show aukat. I have no aukat. Let’s discuss the issue of development and make Gujarat develop. Come to the field. Let this be a face off,”
Modi began his second round of campaigning from the same tribal-majority Valsad district. This would be the first of as many as 20 rallies that Modi has and will address in the three consecutive days. The first phase of polling in Gujarat will be on December 1, for 89 seats.
Ahead of this PM addressed the Adivasis of Gujarat and again took a jibe at Congress. He said, “For a very long time, Congress leaders remained unaware of the existence of tribals in India. Weren’t they living here since the days of Lord Ram and Lord Krishna?.. Weren’t they part of the 1857 mutiny?”
Appeals to Tribals
Gujarat where the ruling party BJP has been in power for over 27 years will be seeking its seventh term in office.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been Gujarat’s longest-serving chief minister from 2001 till 2014. Modi said, “Tribals did so many things for this country. But, Congress leaders never knew that Adivasis exist. Otherwise, why was there no separate ministry for tribals until Atal Bihari Vajpayee became prime minister? It was Ataljee’s government at the Centre which carved out a separate ministry and allocated a budget for their welfare. Even today, Congress leaders make fun of me for wearing tribal attire.” adds Modi.
PM Modi was referring to Narmada Bachao Andolan spearhead Medha Patkar joining the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra in Maharashtra recently. He said there was a time when people of this region were suffering from acute water shortage.
PM Modi said though Gujarat produces 80 percent of the country’s salt, the previous Congress governments never paid attention to the issues of salt pan workers, known as ‘agariyas’.
PM Modi’s young campaigner
On the other hand, the BJP’s Gujarat unit shared a clip of the minor girl with the prime minister. Tweeting excerpt from her poem, the BJP shared, “The development of the minds of Gujaratis. “BJP will save us, BJP will come again.”
The state of Gujarat which has 182 assembly constituencies is slated to go for polling in two phases on December 1 and 5. The counting of votes will occur on December 8.