As it happened:
I want to assure you- Congress may try to throw any roadblocks, I am committed to ensure their designs fail. Parliament is meeting soon and we are going to bring that issue on the floor of the House again. We want to give our OBC Communities their due: PM #GujaratGauravModi pic.twitter.com/zAk4JhHBJA— BJP (@BJP4India) November 29, 2017
The PM attacked the Congress for “neglecting” Gujarat. “When Indira Ben (Indira Gandhi) came to Morbi, I remember there was a photo of her in Chitralekha Magazine with a hanky over her nose due to the foul smells, but for Jansangh/RSS the streets of Morbi are fragrant,its the fragrance of humanity,” said PM Modi.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in all the four of his rallies, took pains to describe how the Congress was not just anti-Gujarat, but how Gujaratis - right from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to Morarji Desai - were not given their due by the Congress party.
RECAP | In a veiled reference to Congress scion Rahul Gandhi, Modi had said that people come from outside and say all kinds of things to malign the image of the state, but it would only help the BJP retain power here. “I am grateful for all the 'kichad' being thrown at me. After all, a lotus blooms only in 'kichad' so, I don't mind if more is thrown at me,” he said to loud cheers.
RECAP | PM Modi on Monday kick-started his campaign trail in poll-bound Gujarat and launched a stinging attack at the Congress, saying that the upcoming election will be a fight between trust on development and dynastic politics. Choosing to speak in Gujarati for the benefit of the local audience, he said that people of Gujarat would teach the Congress a lesson for making baseless allegations against him.
Modi, who was addressing a rally at Morbi in Saurashtra, also accused the Congress of taking credit and political mileage over minor schemes, like providing hand-pumps, while saying that the BJP rule brought major projects like the Narmada project for the benefit of the people. “The Congress’ 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.”
Modi said water shortage was the major issue in Saurashtra but out government solved it by bringing the waters of the Narmada here. “For us, what matters is the well-being of people In good and bad times, the Jan Sangh and the BJP have stood with the people of Morbi. One cannot say the same about the Congress and their leaders,” he said.
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PM Modi will hold four rallies on Wednesday, after a day's break during which he inaugurated the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the Hyderabad Metro in the Telangana capital. Modi will address rallies in Morbi and Prachi villages near Somnath, Palitana in Bhavnagar and at Navsari in south Gujarat.
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