Describing the assembly elections as a fight between development of the BJP and dynasty of the Congress, Modi said that the Congress, while in power at the Centre, tried its best to jail him after sending Amit Shah behind bars.
"And Narendrabhai is the pride of Gujarat. Why should we not insist he come to Gujarat? Whenever he comes, Gujarat benefits. We do our bit, but Gujarat feels special vibrations with the arrival of Narendrabhai," said Jitu Vaghani.
Rahul Gandhi’s yatra may have added fresh impetus to Congress’s campaign, but for BJP, this election is already like few in the past. It is up against anger over GST, demonetisation, and facing rivals and protesters who have ensured that the agenda won’t be Hindutva this time but remain vikas. PARIMAL DABHI captures the mood
This was PM Modi’s first visit to Vadnagar, his home town, after becoming PM. Addressing a huge gathering, he referred emotionally to seeing many old friends and known faces while carrying out a roadshow on familiar terrain.
The second phase of the Gaurav Yatra will start on October 2 from Porbandar, the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi. The Yatra will conclude in Gandhinagar on October 16 with a rally addressed by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
The 38-year-old has since deleted the tweet and changed his Twitter profile which earlier mentioned, among other things, “Honored To Be Followed by PM Sh. @narendramodi Ji”. It now simply announces “Hindu Nationalist” with 31,000 followers as of tonight — up about 3,000 in three days.
Nitin Patel, 61-year-old leader of Mehsana, had also started giving interviews to news channels which began flashing news about the “impending announcement” as he began accepting congratulations from anchors and reporters alike.
P G Jyotikar, one of the first Dalits to convert to Buddhism in Gujarat, says around 1,500-1,600 Dalits have embraced Buddhism in the state since the Una incident, and that nearly 500 of them went to Nagpur for the conversion. Before Una, he adds, Gujarat would see 400-500 conversions a year.
The farmers’ group, Khedut Samaj Gujarat (KSG), is protesting against a 2009 government notification that brings 68 villages of Mehsana, Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad district under Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA).
Jahabhai and Jethiben from Karadi village in Sayla taluka of Surendranagar district were sitting on protest along with many other victims of caste discrimination from Saurashtra region at Satyagraha Chhavni.
The Gir Somnath police, who were investigating the case earlier, had also sought remand of the accused to trace the phones that were allegedly snatched by the gau rakshaks, and to track down the other vehicle, motorcycles used during the attack.
For generations, Dalits in Mota Samadhiyala village of Gujarat’s Una taluka have faced discrimination at the hands of the upper castes. But this time, when seven of them were flogged for skinning a dead cow, something snapped.