Former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel was missing from the posters and banners for a BJP booth-level workers meeting, which was held in Vyara taluka of Tapi district on Thursday afternoon. The meeting was attended by BJP president Amit Shah, Chief Minster Vijay Rupani, state party chief Jitu Vaghani and other senior state leaders, besides over 1,000 party workers from Bharuch, Narmada, Surat, Tapi, Navsari, Valsad and Dangs districts.
The banners and posters that were put up at different locations at the meeting venue had photographs of Prime Minster Narendra Modi, Shah, Rupani, Vaghani and local party leaders, but Anandiben, who resigned as CM last month, was missing from all of them. Addressing party workers, Shah said Gujarat was “the model state for removing the roots of Congress across the country”.
“BJP has been known as a model organisation across the country. BJP is not a one-leader party; it is a party of ideology and run by workers at the grassroots. They (Congress) are dreaming of coming to power in Gujarat, but they should know that since 1995 the people of Gujarat have not supported them and will not support them in the future,” he further said.
Noting the achievements of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, the BJP president said: “In the two and a half-year rule, the Modi government has achieved many goals, and there is not a single case of corruption against the central government. When Congress was in power, they had done corruption to the tune of Rs 12 lakh crore and people want answers from them.”
Shah also announced that the state government would provide Rs 500 per sickle cell anaemia patient to purchase nutritious food items. In his address, Rupani said: “Congress has used tribals only as their vote banks and did nothing for them. We want to uplift them and bring them to the mainstream of development… Our slogan is “Sav no Saath Sav no Vikas”. The state government will allot land for the construction of hostel-cum-schools to Ashram and Eklavya Schools running on rented premises in tribal-dominated districts of Gujarat.”
He further announced that the state government would start Samras hostel in urban areas like Surat, Vadodara, Vallabh Vidhyanagar, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar and Rajkot for the tribal students who wanted to pursue higher studies.