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Narendra Modi in Gujarat LIVE: PM Counters Cong's Chaiwala Jibe, Says 'Sold Tea, Not Nation' | November 27, 2017, 3:33 PM IST
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Addressing a rally in Rajkot, his second big public meeting of the day in poll-bound Gujarat, the PM has taken aim at both the Congress and the AAP, accusing them of indulging in ‘hit and run’ politics. Bhuj was first of the PM's four big rallies today. He will proceed to Surat and Kutch later.

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Nov 27, 2017 2:32 pm (IST)

The Congress dislikes me because of my poor origins. Can a party stoop so low? Yes, a person belonging to a poor family has become PM. They do not fail to hide their contempt for this fact. Yes, I sold tea, but I did not sell the nation: PM Modi

Nov 27, 2017 2:32 pm (IST)

Congress has not insulted only Sardar Patel. It also ignored Morarji Desai because he was from Gujarat. Congress has insulted all of Gujarat, says PM. 

Nov 27, 2017 2:26 pm (IST)
Nov 27, 2017 2:25 pm (IST)

PM Modi takes a veiled dig at the AAP. “A new party came up in Delhi, whose style is to keep abusing and running away. I thought the Congress, being an older party would not indulge in such politics but they have also taken this short cut in the past two months and only hurled abuses and lies,” he says.

Nov 27, 2017 2:10 pm (IST)
Nov 27, 2017 2:10 pm (IST)

The Congress party has lost its character. It has no policy, no leader and no bond with people: PM Modi 

Nov 27, 2017 2:08 pm (IST)

We have lived through the shortage of water. Many families did not let their daughters marry into families from Saurashtra for lack of water, says PM Modi

Nov 27, 2017 2:05 pm (IST)

PM Modi is now addressing a rally in Rajkot, his second public meeting of the day in the poll-bound state.

Nov 27, 2017 12:34 pm (IST)

The Prime Minister will have three more rallies in Jasdan town of Rajkot, Dhari in Amreli and Kamrej in Surat district today. Security has been beefed up at the venues.

Nov 27, 2017 12:20 pm (IST)

Modi ends his speech in Bhuj by saying that he wants to take India to new heights of glory. “We are not here for power, we are here for 125 crore Indians,” he says. 

Nov 27, 2017 12:12 pm (IST)

Congress is unhappy about demonetisation. They keep attacking me but I want to tell them...I have grown up in the same land as Sardar Patel. I will ensure that the poor get their due. We will not allow this nation to be looted: PM

Nov 27, 2017 12:11 pm (IST)

Invoking the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai and the attack on the base camp in Uri last year, Modi says the way India responded shows the difference between the Congress and BJP governments. He also brings up the Doklam standoff with China and says even during the tension, Congress went and shook hands with the Chinese ambassador to India. 

Nov 27, 2017 12:00 pm (IST)

"Rann was already there. But I thought that we can turn it into tourist spot and earn money. People never imagined that there can be any kind of farming in Kutch. On one side is a desert and on the other is Pakistan. Now it is a krishi shtra. After drip irrigation, it is a model for farming,” Modi said, touting his mantra for vikas.  

Nov 27, 2017 11:56 am (IST)
Nov 27, 2017 11:54 am (IST)

Gujarat is my soul and mother, my relationship with you is that of equality since you call me brother, says PM Modi. Talking about his own track record, he says that officers did not want to get posted to Kutch region as the water here was black in colour but now Narmada waters have turned the situation around.

Nov 27, 2017 11:52 am (IST)

Modi urges the people to give a strong reply to the insults made by Congress and says they will not pardon the party. “How does the Congress have courage to come and disrespect people of Gujarat?” he asks. 

Nov 27, 2017 11:47 am (IST)

Modi says that the he learnt the first step of governance in Kutch district. He says that the devastating earthquake that struck the region in 2001 gave him valuable lessons. 

Nov 27, 2017 11:44 am (IST)

It was the Congress that killed youngsters who were associated with the Maha Gujarat Movement, says Modi. He recalls that shots were being fired from the Congress office. 

Nov 27, 2017 11:42 am (IST)

Modi says the Congress has not let one opportunity go to humiliate the people of Gujarat. He accuses the Congress of not being serious about development and said the Narmada waters could have reached Kutch 30 years ago. If Congress would have cared about the project, people of Gujarat would not have had to migrate when the drought struck the area, he says.

Nov 27, 2017 11:39 am (IST)

Modi says that the battle for Gujarat is one between development and dynasty politics. He says that Gujarat has never accepted Congress, because it has meted out injustice since the time of Sardar Vallabhai Patel.

Nov 27, 2017 11:37 am (IST)

Alluding to Rahul Gandhi, Modi says a large number of people have come here and said all kinds of things and have tried to malign the image of the state. “Those slinging mud on us will help the lotus bloom even more,” says the PM. 

Nov 27, 2017 11:31 am (IST)

Modi starts adressing the rally in Bhuj.  He says interacting with people gives him unparalled joy and every moment of his life is devoted to the welfare of India and 125 crore Indians.

Nov 27, 2017 11:22 am (IST)

Lack of crowds delays mega Modi rally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first rally at Bhuj’s Lallan College Ground has been delayed a little, Firstpost reports. The delay has reportedly been caused becasue the ground was half empty at the scheduled time. Now, there are better crowds and he is likely to reach anytime now, sources said.

Nov 27, 2017 11:10 am (IST)
Nov 27, 2017 11:04 am (IST)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley expressed confidence that the BJP would beat its previous seat tally record in the state. “It is clear that BJP will win more seats than ever in the upcoming election. Gujarat is a developed region. It has risen above caste politics. It will never go back that path,” he said. 

Nov 27, 2017 10:59 am (IST)
Nov 27, 2017 10:59 am (IST)

12 Patidars in final BJP list  of 34 candidates

Just ahead of the rallies, BJP released its sixth list of 34 candidates for the Gujarat election. With this, the BJP has announced names for all 182 constituencies. The final date for filing nomination for the second phase is today. The BJP has fielded 12 patidars in the list.  The first phase of voting in Gujarat will take place on December 9 while the second phase takes place on December 14.

Nov 27, 2017 10:51 am (IST)

Modi will first offer prayers at Mata nou Madh temple that falls in the Abdasa constituency. The significance of the visit to this temple of local deity Ashapura Mata is that it is located in an area with a sizeable Muslim population. In a series of tweets, the PM also paid a glowing tribute to former Swaminarayan sect head Pramukh Swami Maharaj. 

Nov 27, 2017 10:45 am (IST)

Star campaigners of the BJP, including union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, as well as chief ministers of BJP-ruled states — Yogi Adityanath and Vasundhara Raje have also hit the campaign trail. While Shah and Jaitley sipped tea with supporters during the PM’s Mann ki Baat radio address on Sunday, Adityanath addressed two rallies in Surat. 

Nov 27, 2017 10:41 am (IST)

Ahead of his two-day Gujarat visit, Modi said he is committed to taking Gujarat to new heights.” Guided by the Mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ we are committed to taking Gujarat to even new heights of growth and building on the good work done in the last two decades in the state,” he tweeted. 

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