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Narendra Modi in Gujarat LIVE: PM to Address 7 Rallies in Another Campaign Blitz, Bharuch First Stop

News18.com | December 3, 2017, 12:09 PM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is once again visiting his home state Gujarat ahead of Assembly elections this month and will address seven public gatherings — named by the BJP as ‘Vikas’ rallies — over two days. His visit to the state begins a day after predecessor Manmohan Singh addressed a public meeting in Surat where he said the PM must find “more dignified ways” to seek votes.

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Dec 3, 2017 12:09 pm (IST)

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala says Indranil Rajyaguru’s detention points to BJP’s “frustration”.

Dec 3, 2017 12:07 pm (IST)

Modi’s visit to the state also comes a day after Indranil Rajyaguru — the Congress nominee against CM Vijay Rupani and the richest candidate in Gujarat elections — was detained after a midnight scuffle with BJP workers over Congress posters in Rajkot West. The BJP workers had tried to remove Congress posters in view of PM Modi’s visit to the prestigious seat, leading to the brawl.

Dec 3, 2017 10:40 am (IST)

On Saturday, former PM Manmohan Singh had launched a scathing attack on his successor, saying Narendra Modi should find “more dignified” ways of seeking votes. "I wish the prime minister would find more dignified ways of impressing upon the crowds and seeking their votes...," he said. Singh added that Modi had failed to understand the "pains" of his note ban and GST decisions. "The prime minister is from Gujarat, and he claims to understand Gujarat and the poor more than anyone else. How is it that he never understood the pains his decisions will unleash on you?”

Dec 3, 2017 10:37 am (IST)
Dec 3, 2017 10:27 am (IST)

The BJP has been in power in the state since more than 22 years with the major share of that under the tenure of Narendra Modi as Chief Minister. But after having ruled for more than two decades, the saffron party is feeling a strong wave of opposition in the form of various agitations from different sections of the society. A majority of these forces have joined hands with the opposition Congress party and the more than two-decades reign seems to be on the downslide. That's the reason why Narendra Modi, despite his very busy schedule, has made Gujarat virtually his home since the last couple of months and has been visiting the state every other day.

Dec 3, 2017 10:23 am (IST)

On Monday, PM Narendra Modi will be holding public meetings at Dharampur in Valsad district and later at Bhavnagar. From there he will visit other Saurashtra places, Junagadh and Jamnagar. He will also be visiting the state in three phases after December 6 where he will be addressing more than 24 meetings and rallies.

Dec 3, 2017 10:23 am (IST)

Modi will today be addressing three public meetings, at Bharuch in the morning, and later at Surendranagar. He will visit the capital of Saurashtra, Rajkot, before his visit to Ahmedabad where he will inaugurate a hospital at the Swaminarayan Gurukul Vishwavidya Pratisthanam (SGVP). The BJP wants to make this meeting a grand event and is planning a huge rally comprising more than 1 lakh people. The administration and police have geared up for the event.

Dec 3, 2017 10:21 am (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is once again visiting his home state Gujarat ahead of Assembly elections this month and will address seven public gatherings — named by the BJP as ‘Vikas’ rallies — over two days. His visit to the state begins a day after predecessor Manmohan Singh addressed a public meeting in Surat where he said the PM must find more “dignified” ways to seek votes.

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