Union Minister and BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan joined the party’s Gujarat Gaurav Yatra‘ on Thursday afternoon. He addressed a public gathering in Gandhinagar and attacked the Aam Aadmi Party. He said, “Businessmen, farmers, Maldharis, and fishermen of Gujarat are the kings, maalik and they know who to choose as their sevak. Gujarat trusts its chowkidar who is now in Delhi. Let some parties dream of winning Gujarat, yeh hain Mungerilal ke hasin sapne. This is the land of Amit Shah and Narendra Modi and will always remain so.”
Gaurav Yatra was launched by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, JP Nadda, on Wednesday from the temple town of Bahucharaji in Mehsana district in Gujarat. It will conclude at Mandvi in Kutch on October 20.
“Gujarat model of development in the field of education, healthcare and upliftment of people needs to be taken to a national level. Gujarat can not trust a political party that doesn’t pay its members in Punjab and claims to give freebies in Gujarat. Only Narendra Modi means Vikas. Also, we are fighting for the number one position, who stands second and third is not our concern.” adds Pradhan. He also mentioned the attacks on Somnath Temple and the failure of the Nehru-led government.
Notably, BJP’s ‘Gujarat Gaurav Yatra’ comes ahead of the assembly polls in the state later this year. ” I am here amongst you today to take part in BJP’s ‘Gujarat Gaurav Yatra’. We are confident that this time again the people of the state will express their confidence in us,” he said.
Dilipkumar Viraji Thakor, MLA – Chanasma and former Cabinet Minister also made some strong remarks against AAP. He said, “During monsoon, several insects emerge from the soil and they enter our houses and spoil our food. Gujarat knows who these insects are and what their motive is. These people made a big show in Gandhinagar but we know what their reality is. We know how to fight these insects with pest killers.”
“Also, look at the symbol of this party–a broom. We Gujaratis know where to keep their brooms–in the bathroom,” adds Thakor.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke about three routes of the yatra. One route will be from Sant Savaiyanath temple at Zanzarka village in Ahmedabad district. The other two routes will be from Unai Mata temple in Vansda taluka of Navsari district. The yatra will be a way for the BJP leaders to connect with the people.
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.
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