Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar: Congress hates Gujaratis, wanted me in jail

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Narendra Modi addressed a mega rally at Gujarat's Gandhinagar for BJP today. Photo: BJP Twitter
Sounding the poll bugle for Gujarat Assembly election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dared the Congress to contest it on the development plank. Mounting a fierce attack on the Congress, Modi told a BJP rally that the Nehru-Gandhi family dislikes Gujarat and Gujaratis. Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Congress is driven by negative thinking. While addressing BJP workers and supporters at a massive rally in Gandhinagar, he said the opposition party's current condition was because it has lost ability to think positive. "It is being driven by negative thinking," he said.

The prime minister was addressing a rally organised by the state BJP to celebrate the conclusion of the saffron party's 'Gujarat Gaurav Yatra' (march for Gujarat's honour).

Modi said Gujarat election was a fight between "vikasvaad" and "vanshvaad". Development politics will triumph over family rule.

This is likely to be his last speech at a big public rally before the Election Commission’s model code of conduct kicks in for Gujarat assembly poll.

The function marked the conclusion of 15-day long Gujarat Gaurav Yatra. The BJP started the yatra from two routes - one from Karamsad on the first of this month and another from Porbandar on October 2.

While it isn’t known if the PM might make more announcements, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had complained on Thursday that the Election Commission postponed announcing the Gujarat poll dates to enable Modi to announce more sops at the Monday rally.


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Gandhi's dig comes in the wake of speculation that the prime minister may announce a host of sops for poll-bound Gujarat. 
"Weather report: Ahead of elections, Gujarat will today have rain of rhetoric," he said on Twitter, using the phrase "jumlon ki baarish" in his Hindi tweet.
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The Gaurav Yatra was meant to highlight the achievements of the BJP government in the State.
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The Congress has accused the BJP and the government of "putting pressure" on the Election Commission to not announce simultaneous polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi issued a "weather report" on his official Twitter handle stating that "rhetoric will rain down on Gujarat."

Gandhi had also attacked Shah over the alleged massive turnover of his son’s company after he became the BJP chief in 2014.
Covering Saurashtra and central Gujarat so far, Gandhi has tried to corner the BJP over issues including demonetisation, GST and unemployment as the Congress hopes to upset BJP’s 22-year-long government in the state.
Today's rally comes after the two legs of Navsarjan Yatra by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
Modi had visited Gujarat to inaugurate and lay foundation stones of various projects in Rajkot, Vadnagar, Gandhinagar and Bharuch

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“With nearly 7 lakh BJP members attending the event (Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan), this will be the biggest rally ever organized in the country’’, said BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya.
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The yatra travelled through districts of Central and North Gujarat, whereas the Second leg started on October 2 from Porbandar, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, which passed through Saurashtra and South Gujarat.
The first leg of the yatra started from Karamsad, the native place of Sardar Patel on October 1
The Gaurav Yatra was meant to highlight the achievements of the BJP government in the State.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had complained on Thursday that the Election Commission postponed announcing the Gujarat poll dates to enable Modi to announce more sops at the Monday rally.
The public meeting comes on the heels of the Gujarat government announcing a series of sops
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: Gujarat Gaurav Yatras showcased the spirit of Jan Shakti and reflected Gujarat's strong faith in politics of development and good governance.
In a series of tweets on Sunday evening, the PM set the stage for the ‘Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan’, or Gujarat pride mega-congregation

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