PM Modi alleged that in the past 35-40 years of Congress rule in the state, the Sanand-Viramgam region was utterly neglected and it was only the BJP government that brought national and international companies to the region to set up manufacturing plants in the past 10 years.
Modi accused the Congress of “spreading lies” about the FRDI Bill, and warned voters that the party would keep spreading “jhhoothana” (lies) until December 14, when the second phase of voting takes place.
On Saturday, 89 of 182 seats in Gujarat go to polls. Of these, 48 are in Saurashtra, six in Kutch and 35 in South Gujarat which includes Surat, the only urban centre where the Congress hopes to make inroads.
“Seventy years since Independence, we are yet to see pucca roads, health facilities and drinking water supply. Parties campaign in our village every election and use our family’s goodwill, but do nothing for the village," says a family member.
Addressing a campaign meeting in Kevadia Colony in Narmada, Rupani also called Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, who is supporting the Congress in the polls, a “product of JNU”, where “deshdrohis (traitors) held a meeting” and raised “anti-national slogans”.
Singh, who addressed rallies at Chhota Udepur, Jetpur, Lunawada and Mahuda Assembly constituencies, said, “Every scheme introduced by Narendra Modi-ji is so successful that Rahul Gandhi is very pareshaan. He is so troubled that he is queuing up at temples."
The MP from Guna, in Madhya Pradesh, who took questions from students at the Yuva Samvad, spoke about unemployment, how graduation studies are unlinked to industry and the poor quality of education in the state.
An MLA for several terms and chairman of Amul Dairy, Parmar has been given a ticket from his home constituency. He has contested from Thasra on a Congress ticket since 1995, and is influential in central Gujarat that has a large population of milk producers associated with Amul.
Sources said among seats Vasava has sought is Dediapada, in Narmada district, for his son Mahesh, who recently floated his own party, Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP), and was awarded the symbol of an auto-rickshaw.
Hardik Patel said: “They (BJP leaders) are accusing (Congress vice-president) Rahul Gandhi of doing politics in Gujarat. So why is Modi coming to Gujarat every now and then? Is he coming to spray pesticides in fields in Saurashtra?”
The BJP has launched a multi-pronged campaign that includes yatras criss-crossing the state, door-to-door canvassing involving Union ministers, as well as a blitz on social and traditional media. In all these campaigns, PM Modi is the poster boy.
About 400 ASHA workers held a Snehmilan (meeting) in Kapurai village in Vadodara district on Thursday, during which they took a pledge to campaign against “the anti-women, oppressive, Hilter-shahi and tyrannical state government”.