- PM will address around 7 lakh BJP workers in poll-bound Gujarat today
- PM's huge public meeting marks conclusion of BJP's 'Gaurav Yatra'
- BJP has been in power in Gujarat for 2 decades, hopes to win 5th time
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The 'Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan' marks the conclusion of the party's 'GujaratGaurav Yatra' (March for Honour), launched on October 1.
In a series of tweets, PM Modi said the 'Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan' will be attended by "lakhs of BJP karyakartas" from across the state. The public meeting, he wrote, comes after the "successful culmination of the 2 Gujarat Gaurav Yatras", which covered almost 4,500 km and 149 of the state's 182 assembly seats.
The yatras, he tweeted, had "showcased the spirit of Jan Shakti & reflected Gujarat's strong faith in politics of development & good governance".
Today's function at Bhat village near state capital Gandhinagar will be attended by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, BJP chief Amit Shah and many other leaders of the party.
The Election Commission is yet to announce the schedule for the assembly polls in Gujarat. The tenure of the Gujarat assembly is till January 22.
The Congress has alleged that the BJP plans to announce a number of "sops" at the mega rally. The party also said this is why the BJP pressured the Election Commission into delaying the announcement of dates for the election - a charge the poll body has denied. The announcement of election dates triggers the model code of conduct, under which announcement of schemes that may influence voters is banned.
The Prime Minister has made multiple visits to Gujarat ahead of the elections. Last week, on a two-day visit, he inaugurated various projects in Rajkot, his hometown Vadnagar, Gandhinagar and Bharuch.
The BJP has been in power in Gujarat since 1995. The party had won 115 seats in the 2012 assembly elections. Mr Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001 and held the post till he entered the national arena as the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate ahead of the 2014 General Elections.
After him, Anandiben Patel became the Chief Minister of Gujarat. But she stepped down after the massive agitation by the Patel community for reservation in jobs and education amid speculation over fallout with Amit Shah. She has been succeeded by Vijay Rupani.
The Congress, which is hoping to recapture power in the state, has been plagued by turbulence over the last few months. In July, state party chief Shankersinh Vaghela walked out after weeks of dallying. Soon after, supposedly at his behest, six Congress legislators resigned, three of them joined the BJP. Since last month party chief Rahul Gandhi had paid several visits to the state to lead the party's campaign.