Rahul Gandhi arrives in Dabra, Madhya Pradesh, to address a public gathering.
As Madhya Pradesh is gearing up for assembly polls in November this year, both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are going all out to engage with voters in the state.
BJP president Amit Shah and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi were both in Madhya Pradesh today to campaign for the upcoming assembly elections. While Amit Shah will visit Satna, Rewa, Dhindori and Jabalpur, Rahul Gandhi will address public meetings and road shows in Datiya, Dabra and Gwalior.
Here are the highlights of their election campaign in Madhya Pradesh today:
In Vyapam scam, 50 witnesses were killed while future of lakhs of students' suffered, the Congress chief says. "Every person in Madhya Pradesh knows that the chief minister's family was behind Vyapam scam," he adds.
Rahul Gandhi also claims that China creates 50,000 jobs in 24 hours but under Modi government, India, just as strong, creates only 450 jobs in 24 hours.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Gwalior says, "PM Modi gave Rs 30,000 crore to Anil Ambani through Rafale deal, by stealing it from HAL. Thousands of youth would have got employment if the contract was given to HAL."
"PM Modi says Make in India, but denied the youth the opportunity of employment. In Gwalior, everyone is aware of how PM Modi destroyed small businesses with Gabbar Singh Tax," he adds.
"The Congress party had kept Madhya Pradesh a BIMARU state but Shivraj Singh Chouhan's government made Madhya Pradesh into a developed state. In the coming years, (Prime Minister) Modiji and Shivrajji will work to turn the state into a prosperous one," says Amit Shah in Jabalpur.
BJP President Amit Shah in Jabalpur says, "Rahul baba says Congress will form the government in MadhyaPradesh, I want to tell him that he has every right to dream but he should not daydream, that also with open eyes."
"The Bharatiya Janata Party comprises over a crore workers and it wins the elections because of them. It's a matter of pride that the BJP is the world's largest party with over 11 crore members," BJP President Amit Shah says in Jabalpur.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi offers prayers at Achleshwar Temple in Gwalior.
"The BJP has kept women at the centre of all welfare schemes. Ujjawla Yojna benefited around 60 lakh women in Madhya Pradesh. Maternal mortality rate has come down to less than 170 deaths, from 335 deaths per 1 lakh women," news agency ANI quoted Bharatiya Janata Party Chief Amit Shah as saying in Satna.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi says: "Shivraj Chouhan government destroyed education in Madhya Pradesh with the Vyapam scam. Around 50 witnesses were murdered in this case. Everyone knows what happened in Vyapam Scam."
Rahul Gandhi arrives in Dabra to address a public gathering.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is talking about jobs for the last four years and promised to create 2 crore jobs, says Rahul Gandhi. "But has this promise been met by the Modi government and the Shivraj Chouhan government?" he asks.
"HAL is a public sector unit. It has been manufacturing various fighter aircraft. Yet the Rafale deal was stolen from HAL." Mr Gandhi adds.
Whether its ridding the roads of potholes or ensuring 24-hour electricity supply, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan has done unprecedented work in every sector, says Amit Shah.
"Modi ji gave the slogan 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao'. We liked the slogan but then a BJP MLA raped someone. The CM tried to shield him, PM didn't expel him from the party. He never spoke about it. Actual slogan is 'Beti Padhao aur Beti ko BJP ke MLA se bachao," news agency ANI quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying in Datia, Madhya Pradesh.
"The Prime Minister has no room in his heart for oppressed and women. He has room only for industrialists. Mehul Bhai, Nirav Bhai, Anil Bhai, Lalit Bhai... he never calls farmers and labourers 'Bhai'. Have you ever heard Modiji calling the poor 'Bhai'? Never. If he is not in suit-boot, he is not 'Bhai'," Rahul Gandhi added.
Amit Shah in Rewa dubbed the upcoming polls in Madhya Pradesh as an election to overthrow the Congress entirely from the state.
Visiting the Pitambara Peeth has somewhat been a legacy of the Congress. Indira Gandhi has visited the temple in Datia thrice while Rajiv Gandhi, too, visited the temple when he became the prime minister.
In his address to women in Satna, party chief Amit Shah said that when a woman joins the BJP, an entire family becomes part of the ruling party.
Addressing a public rally in Datia, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi owed India's progress in the last 70 years to farmers, small business, the young generation and women of the country. He said that PM Modi claiming that India made "no progress" till he came to power in 2014 is an "insult" to people who have contributed to the country's growth story.
Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah has arrived in Satna. He is addressing a meeting with women in the Madhya Pradesh town.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has reached Datia. He offered his prayers to the deity Pitambara.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi will visit the Pitambara Peeth temple in Datia in Madhya Pradesh. He will later address public meetings in both Datia and Gwalior as part of the Congress campaign ahead of Madhya Pradesh assembly polls.
In Satna, Amit Shah will address a meeting with women under the Kamal Shakti programme. He will then head to Rewa to meet BJP workers. In Dhindori, Amit Shah will meet the SC/ST community from where the BJP chief will head to Jabalpur.