Modi ups ante in Gujarat, continues attacks on Congress


Gujarat election campaign by ModiUpping the ante in a final bid to win the Gujarat Assembly poll, Prime Minister Narendra Modi came down heavily on the Congress party at a political rally in Morbi in Gujarat.

Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi’s description of GST as ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’, Modi said that those who looted the country could only think of dacoits. Modi said a recently emerged “economist” was propagating a “grand stupid thought” by suggesting that GST rate be capped at 18 percent.

Stressing that development for the BJP meant serving the people and not winning elections, the prime minister said that the people of Gujarat should vote for development as they have one of their own sitting in Delhi who is working for the well-being of Gujarat.

Modi said the Congress was taking credit and political mileage for only minor schemes such as providing hand-pumps, while the BJP had brought major projects like the Narmada project for the benefit of people. “The Congress’s development model was giving hand-pumps. For BJP, it is the SAUNI scheme (the Narmada water project for Saurashtra region), where we will fill dams of Saurashtra through huge pipelines.”

Raking up the issue of religion, Modi also slammed Rahul Gandhi for his visit to Somnath temple, saying his grandfather and the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had opposed the idea of building a temple.

Morbi goes to polls in the first phase of state Assembly elections on December 9. Modi has pushed the BJP’s campaign in Gujarat into high gear by addressing four back-to-back in Morbi, Prachi, Palitana and Navasari. Gujarat will go to polls in two phases on December 9 and 14. The results will be declared on December 18.

Rahul Gandhi is also in Gujarat and is expected to address multiple rallies.