Gujarat Election 2017: The BJP has ruled the state for the last 22 years (File)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today started campaigning for 93 seats which goes to polls in the second phase of Gujarat election. Polling for the first phase of 89 seats will be held tomorrow
, while the second phase voting will be held next Thursday. Votes will be counted on December 18. The BJP has ruled the state for the last 22 years.
PM Modi addressed the first rally at Bhabhar in Banaskantha district. From there he went to Kallol in Gandhinagar. He is then scheduled to address a rally in Himmatnagar and in the evening PM Modi will address a rally in Nikol area of Ahmedabad.
Here are the highlights on Narendra Modi's election campaign in Gujarat:
In 'Neech' Row, PM Modi Says Sonia Gandhi And Family Have Abused Him Too
Hours before Gujarat votes in the first phase of assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi signaled again that the war over suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's "neech" slur against him is nowhere near an end. At an election rally he said even Congress president Sonia Gandhi has used the word against him, attributing what he called their "hatred" of him to his modest origins."
Politics of development does not appeal to the Congress Party: PM
Here are key points from PM Modi's rally in Ahmedabad:
- After travelling across Saurashtra, Kutch, South Gujarat and North Gujarat I am now in Ahmedabad. What I am seeing is extraordinary. It is clear that BJP will emerge victorious
- The population of our middle class is rising and so is the strength of our middle class. This section of society aspires to progress at a quick pace
- Any party that is anti-development and prefers to divide society will never be accepted in Gujarat and that is why Congress won't win. Gujarat has not forgotten the mis-governance of the Congress
- The Sabarmati River was not discovered during our time. Do we remember its pitiable condition during Congress rule. We built a riverfront and you can see the difference in Ahmedabad
Interesting pointers from PM Modi's rally at Sabarkantha District
- Which Congress Government in Gujarat worked towards bringing water to this district
- It is the BJP which has got water and worked for the farmers
- It is this NDA Government that saw the importance of LED Bulbs
- The poor and middle class have gained most due to LED bulbs as it leads to savings
"Do you know what happened in Rajkot...Dr Manmohan Singh met the press and after that the elderly Mansukh Kaka met him. He presented him a book containing the scams under the UPA. I congratulate Mansukh Kaka who spoke up for the truth and for honest governance," says PM Modi.
One Congress leader, a former Rajasthan CM himself, wrote a letter that Gujarat cannot use water from Mahi River. He called for Sujalam Sufalam Yojana not to be implemented he even complained to UPA government. But I said come what may I will provide water to North Gujarat, says PM Narendra Modi in Kalol.
Should one care for the chair or the nation...the chair does not matter, what matters is the country. I will work for the country tirelessly, says PM Modi.
Why doesn't the Congress also remove this lawyer leader of theirs: PM Modi
Instead of coming clear on why he wants the Ayodhya matter to be discussed in court after 2019, this Congress leader is busy saying whose lawyer is he. He says he does not represent the Sunni Wakf Board but then he should say who is he representing, says PM Narendra Modi in Kalol
For the last two days a top Congress leader and an illustrious lawyer has been speaking. He is free to represent whoever he wants to, that is his prerogative. But, why does he want to prolong the Ayodhya Case when all stakeholders want an early solution: PM Narendra Modi
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that the "flood of people in PM Narendra Modi's Bhabhar rally is suggestive of the positive outcome" of Gujarat elections.
When I had taken over as chief minister, farmers from Patan and Banaskantha met me and I told them to focus on irrigation. People told me this approach will ensure you are defeated. I said - I do not care for the chair, I want to work for the farmers and want to work for Banaskantha and Patan, says PM Modi
Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar told people when he visited Pakistan - remove Modi from the way and then see what will happen to India-Pakistan peace. What did he mean by removing me from the way. And what is my crime, that we have the blessings of the people: PM Narendra Modi
This part of north Gujarat has made strides in solar energy, says PM Modi.
Earlier, people from here would have to travel a considerable distance to pray to Maa Narmada. Due to BJP, Narmada waters have come to this region and Maa Narmada is blessing us all: PM Narendra Modi in Banaskantha's Bhabhar
Those who did not stand with Banaskantha in the bad times of flood can not be excepted to serve either this district or the state of Gujarat, says PM Modi
The conduct of Indira Gandhi and the Congress in Morbi and the service of RSS and Jan Sangh Karyakartas was for everyone to see. RSS and Jan Sangh did everything possible and stood shoulder to shoulder with people: PM Modi
BJP was doing relief work, Congress was busy with resort work, says PM Narendra Modi
People of Patan and Banaskantha know the difference between Congress and BJP. When there were floods here Congress MLAs were relaxing in Bengaluru whereas BJP leaders were working with people, helping in relief operations: PM Modi
This rally is huge. I want all those Pundits speculating on this election to come and see the fervour here: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bhabhar.
PM Modi to address a rally in Gujarat's Bhabhar shortly. Bhabhar will go to polls on next Thursday during the second phase of Gujarat elections.
PM Modi arrives in Bhabhar where he will address a rally.
On Thursday, PM Modi addressed a rally in Surat, where he attacked Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar for calling him "neech" and said by this he has insulted all the Gujaratis who will give a befitting reply to the Congress by voting for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the assembly elections.
PM Modi to kick off campaigns for second phase of Gujarat election from Bhabhar.