New Delhi: A day after Gujarat observed the first phase of assembly election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing election rallies in Sanand, Palanpur, Kalol and Vadodara today.
In the first phase, 89 of the state's 182 assembly constituencies in Kutch, Saurashtra and South Gujarat underwent polling and witnessed about 68 per cent turnout. The Election Commission responded, after there were several allegations of EVM malfunctioning, saying that about 0.5 per cent of the total ballot units and control units - which make up the EVM - had to be replaced during voting.
The second phase of Gujarat assembly election is scheduled for December 14 and the results will be announced on December 18.
Here are the highlights of PM Modi's Gujarat election rallies.
When we build state of the art bus stations in our cities, construct toilets at a rapid pace, provide gas connections to women, who gains? It is the poor, says PM Modi.
When we build state of the art bus stations in our cities, construct toilets at a rapid pace, provide gas connections to women, who gains? It is the poor. pic.twitter.com/BhKE61ve7f- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 10, 2017
"When the government of India is building toilets, we are not building them for the rich. We are doing this for the poor," says PM Modi. He adds, "I will never allow anything wrong to happen in this nation. It is important to safeguard the rights of the poor and middle class."
"We give gas connections...are Ambanis, Adanis and Tatas the beneficiaries? No, the poor are. Congress should stop their lies and focus on development issues," says PM Modi in Vadodara.
My Government is for the poor. I can't understand the lies Congress keeps saying. When we build a state of the art bus terminus in Vadodara, do we do it because Mukesh Ambani, Tata or Birla use it? No we make this to serve the poor. Our lives are devoted to serving the poor: PM Modi
During demonetisation the nation stood with me. They embraced short term pain for long term gain. Congress leaders got worried because everything that they accumulated has gone: PM Modi
When our soldiers were fighting in Doklam, Congress leaders were meeting the Chinese Ambassador. When asked why, he said - to get a sense of what is happening in Doklam. Now, you tell me - in such times should we trust our authorities more or the Chinese: PM Modi
Wasn't police there during Congress regimes too? Then why was Gujarat's law and order so bad. BJP has given importance to Shanti, Ekta and Sadbhavana: PM Modi
These elections are about the Vikas agenda of BJP versus the destructive politics of the Congress: PM Modi in Vadodara
PM Narendra Modi is now addressing a rally in Vadodara. He says Vadodara is special. The way the city supported him in 2014 is something he can never forget.
Taking a swipe at the Gandhi family, PM Modi said that the sole mission of some people in Delhi is "parivar bachao".
"These are the same people who, in an hour of voting yesterday, started saying EVMs are hacked thanks to Blue Tooths! Some logic this is" he added.
"When I first stated my intent to ensure electrification of villages in Gujarat, the state Congress leaders mocked me. They said it can never happen, they also asked me- you have not headed a Panchayat how can you promise this. We proved them wrong, ensured villages get power" the Prime Minister said.
"With the Mantra of Shanti, Ekta and Sadbhavana, BJP Governments have taken Gujarat to new heights of progress. A society that is united and harmonious can progress well" he said
PM Narendra Modi addressed his third rally of the day at Kalol. Saying that the BJP is fighting the Gujarat elections on the issue of development, he accused the Congress party of being "back to their old tricks."
"A generational shift has not brought in a new political culture for the party. They rely on their same divide and rule politics." he added.
With the coming of the DMIC, Banaskantha will become a transport hub. This will provide opportunities to the youth of this region: PM Modi
After Mani Shankar Aiyar was suspended from Congress over calling PM Narendra Modi "neech", PM Modi renewed his attack against Mr Aiyar. "The same Mani Shankar Aiyar, who insulted Gujarat, held secret meetings with Pakistan High Commissioner. What was the reason? Why are people who previously held high posts in military-intelligence establishment of Pakistan writing that we should help make Ahmed Patel the Chief Minister ?" he asked.
The entire nation is seeing the wonders of Banaskantha in agriculture, particularly in potato cultivation: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the Gujarat Election a fight between "Vikas" (development) and "Vanshwad" (dynastic politics). During his rallies, he has labelled Congress as being "anti-poor" and "anti-Gujarat".Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi has also been holding an aggressive campaign in the state. He also ran a "question a day" campaign on Twitter where he asked the BJP and PM Modi about unfulfilled promises in Gujarat.
Both BJP and Congress have been making sharp remarks against each other. The high-voltage campaign turned ugly on Thursday when now-suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar called PM Narendra Modi "neech" in a political remark. The BJP, which has been ruling in Gujarat and at the centre, latched on to the comment and demanded apology after which Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi suspended the senior leader.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is also set to address several election rallies today in Kheda's Dakor, Aravali district's Aravali and Shamlaji, and Banaskantha district's Deodha. He will also speak at a public meeting in Gandhinagar's Kalol where PM Narendra Modi will also address an election rally.
As Gujarat observed the first phase of assembly elections, both BJP and Congress expressed confidence over winning the crucial elections. "I am seeing that BJP is headed towards a historic victory," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in tweet on Saturday . Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Gujarati to say the Congress would bring change to the state.