Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

People leave Modi's rally even as prime minister speaks in Gujarat

People leave Modi's rally even as prime minister speaks in Gujarat

In a morning tweet in Hindi, Mr Gandhi issued a "weather report" ahead of the PM's Gujarat visit, saying: "Weather report: Ahead of elections, Gujarat will today have rain of rhetoric", using the Hindi phrase jumlon ki baarish. Critics pointed out these concessions were meant to ensure the BJP was not penalised by small and medium sized businesses in Gujarat, which must vote before December 18.

Summary: AHMEDABAD: PM Narendra Modi on Monday mounted a fierce attack on Congress and dared it to fight one election on the agenda of development. PM Modi in his pointed speech, explained to almost a million supporters that Congress has always tried to undermine Gujarat and Gujaratis.

He said the Congress was spreading lies about the ruling government, especially in Gujarat.

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"Gujarat has always been treated like a thorn by the Gandhi family and their party". History is witness. About Morarji they spread (accounts of) what he drank and not his work.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, BJP national president Amit Shah and many other leaders of the party would be present, he added. The PM said this while referring to the former Prime Minister's fondness of urine therapy.

With caste politics rearing its head in Gujarat, Modi made it a point to say that BJP is an inclusive party which has given fair representation to all segments of society.

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"This election is a duel between "vikasvaad" (development) and "vanshvaad" (dynastic) rule".

The script of this speech is akin to what then CM Modi said during his re-election bids in 2002 and subsequent state elections.

Are they all anti-Gujarati, in spite of being from Gujarat? It's a strategy which struck a chord with Gujaratis. Thus PM Modi in his familiar turf fell back to his old strategy. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, is party ne, is parivar ne, unke saath kya kiya ye itihaas gawah hai... "The Congress, too, is a part of the decision-making progress". Incidentally, it is similar to a strategy used by Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav in UP, where they as "son of soil" tried to downplay influence of "bahari" Modi.

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Did Modi want to tell the public of Gujarat that if anyone who criticises him or the BJP is an anti-Gujarati?

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