BJP chief Amit Shah will take part in various events in Madhya Pradesh
Congress president Rahul Gandhi is on a two-day tour to Rajasthan as the state goes on poll. Mr Gandhi is visiting Dholpur today as a part of his tour. The Congress president will attend first meeting in Mania then in Badi, Basedi, Bayana and Vair. He will also visit Bharatpur and Dausa districts. Mr Gandhi will travel by bus covering six assembly constituencies.
On the other side, BJP chief Amit Shah will take part in various events in the politically sensitive Gwalior-Chambal division of poll-bound Madhya Pradesh. Mr Shah would arrive in Shivpuri where he will pay respects at the memorial of 1857 mutiny hero Tatya Tope. He will later address a convention of BJP workers in the Gwalior-Chambal division, a senior leader of the party said.
The BJP chief will then proceed to neighbouring Guna to participate in a roadshow. From Guna, Mr Shah will go to Gwalior where he will pay tribute at the memorials of Rani Laximbai and Vijayaraje Scindia, popularly known as Rajmata of Gwalior. He will later address a youth convention in Gwalior.
Here are the highlights from the campaigns in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh:
Amit Shah visits Atal Bihari Vajpayee's paternal house in Gwalior Paying homage to Late Vijaya Raje Scindia Amit Shah pays tribute to Rani Lakshmibai at her memorial in Gwalior
Congress president Rahul Gandhi lashed out at Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today saying her government came to power five years ago yet it failed to uplift the poor of the state.
"When the UPA government was in power, we gave MNREGA, waived off Rs. 70,000 debt of farmers, brought in the Tribal Bill, gave food to students in school, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot provided free medicines to people. But, in the last four-and-half years, tell me what is it that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vasundhara Raje have done for you?"
"It is just a month before Rajasthan goes to polls. The Chief Minister now announces that she will give free electricity to the people of the state. My question is, what made you wait for so long? Your Prime Minister even announced that he will give 15 lakh rupees to every bank account. Is there anyone out there who got that? They keep on telling one lousy lie after another."
Illegal settlers in India took away jobs of youths: Amit Shah
BJP president Amit Shah today said "illegal infiltrators" took away jobs of youths in the country and alleged that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and other opposition parties had opposed the NRC when 40 lakh such settlers were identified under the exercise.
Addressing a convention of BJP workers at Polo Ground in Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh, Mr Shah said the BJP governments would "drive each and every infiltrator out of the country" after winning elections in 2018 and 2019.
Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi, Mr Shah said he should "stop daydreaming" about the Congress coming to power after elections.
The people of Madhya Pradesh have always supported BJP's progessive policies, says Amit Shah.
After voicing the idea of manufacturing smartphones in Madhya Pradesh's Chitrakoot district, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said he envisions a day when smartphones would be manufactured in Dholpur in Rajasthan. "You are taking a selfie, if you turn the phone you will find 'Made in China' written on it. I want 'Made in Dholpur', 'Made in Rajasthan', 'Made in Jaipur' written on it. I want that when someone takes a selfie in China, he would see the words 'Made in Dholpur' written at the back of the phone and wonder where it is. Then we bring him to Rajasthan as a tourist, put his money in your pocket and send him back by flight," he said.
Glimpses of Amit Shah's road show in Guna.
Any Congress leader or karyakarta who does not serve the people, will be removed from the post. We want to run a govt for the people: Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi points out what the government has done for its people
Rahul Gandhi: The unemployment rate in India is the highest in 20 years. Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi who PM Modi refers to as Mehul 'Bhai', fled away from the country with Rs 35,000 Cr of public money. How many jobs did they create?
"The PM promised right MSP to farmers, 2 crore jobs to youth. But all we got was advertisement posters."
"PM Modi talks about bullet train, then why did he cancel railway projects in Rajasthan? Money allocated to bullet train that is only used by a handful people is Rs 1,00,000 Cr and Railway budget of the entire country is Rs 1,50,000 Cr," he said.
India's richest industrialists have taken loans from banks worth Rs 12,50,000 Cr in last 4 years and refuse to pay back. But when small businesses, farmers ask for bank facilities, they are denied, the Congress President said.
Talking about demonetisation, Rahul Gandhi said, Anil Ambani is given ₹30,000Cr Rafale contract. The source of all this money given to Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Anil Ambani is through demonetisation that mandated people of this country to deposit their money.
Speaking at the rally Rahul Gandhi said, during UPA regime, @ashokgehlot51's govt in Rajasthan provided free medicines. What has BJP govt done in for poor in last 5 years?
The youth were promised 2 crore jobs, but instead, the youth of Rajasthan seeking employment are being beaten up and chased away from Gujarat. This is the reality of PM's promise, said the Congress President
BJP President Amit Shah paid tribute to Tantia Tope, general in the Indian Rebellion of 1857, in Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh
BJP President Amit Shah holds a road show in Guna, Madhya Pradesh
Rahul Gandhi leads Congress' Rajasthan campaign:
"It is my promise to you that if the Congress wins in Rajasthan, it will first be your sarkar (government), then it'll be a Congress sarkar, not the other way round," he said.
He said the poorest of the poor will have ease of access to the chief minister if the Congress wins. "Unlike now, where your problems and troubles are unheard by the leadership," Mr Gandhi said.
Rahul Gandhi: The prime minister has failed on another promise of his, to create jobs. He hasn't been able to create jobs anywhere near what he promised. You all still buy products made in China. You all must be using phones made in China. I want to change that. I want you buy phones and products made in Jaipur, made in Jodhpur, made in Rajasthan.
The Congress President has also alleged that Prime Minister Modi benefitted 15-20 top industrialists of the country instead of farmers.
Naming industrialists Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Lalit Modi and Anil Ambani, he alleged that the prime minister benefitted them and did not take care of farmers, youths etc.
Rahul Gandhi says, "Narendra Modi helped Anil Ambani by giving him a Rs 30,000 crore contract. The chowkidar committed a crime. He now cannot look in the eyes of the youth, who he has cheated."
"Narendra Modi has failed," says Rahul Gandhi.
"Loan waivers for farmers not a gift," says Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Dholpur.
Rahul Gandhi attacks the BJP over safety of women in Rajasthan.
Rahul Gandhi says the Prime Minister keeps talking about 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao', but said a minister in his own party in Uttar Pradesh is accused of rape. "And the PM is silent about it, while the Chief Minister tries to save the rape accused. The PM doesn't throw him out of the party... so the real motto should be 'Beti Bachao, Aur BJP ke neta se Beti Bachao, " he said.
Rahul Gandhi has reached Dholpur and has begun addressing the crowd.