Updated: February 25, 2021 7:41:16 pm
At a public rally in Godhra on Thursday, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that now the Congress stands exposed as even the Muslims have voted against the party, referring to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) elections where All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) won seven seats. Rupani cited a number of initiatives of his government for maintenance of law and order and said that in the upcoming Assembly session, his government would bring in a law to check “love jihad”.“It will not be tolerated now that a Hindu girl is being abducted by anybody. By the law on love jihad, the activity of religious conversion of girls by luring them will be checked,” Rupani said.
Earlier at a rally in Ahmedabad, deputy chief minister Nitin Patel had said that the government would bring in a law to check ‘love jihad’ in the upcoming assembly session.
On February 23, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi held a rally at Godhra where his party is contesting eight seats in the municipality. The party is also contesting 12 seats in Modasa and six in Bharuch municipalities.
Rupani also lambasted the Opposition Congress for taking objection to the naming of a cricket stadium after Narendra Modi while ignoring the fact that 25 stadia in the country have been named after Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi.
Rupani alleged that it is the Congress that had done injustice to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by not conferring Bharat Ratna on him for 40 long years.
The world’s largest cricket stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad was named Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, which was inaugurated by President Ramnath Kovind on Wednesday.
The Congress alleged that by renaming the stadium from Sardar Patel Stadium to Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, BJP has insulted not only Sardar Patel, but the entire Gujarat. It also accused BJP of erasing history.
The BJP defended the move saying that the stadium was popularly known as Motera Cricket Stadium and never named as Sardar Patel Stadium. The ruling party has also stated that the stadium is part of a larger Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Complex being built at the spot.
Addressing an election gathering in Godhra of Panchamahals district in Central Gujarat, Rupani said, “Congress has always raised questions… It has (always) damaged the morale of the country. Yesterday, we named a cricket stadium after Narendra Modi. A sports complex is being built in the area of 231 acre that is Sardar Vallabhbhai Sports Complex. They raised questions on that too.”
“There are 25 stadia in the country named after your Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi… You do not have a problem with that and entire Congress has stood up after one stadium is named after (Narendra) Modi..,” Rupani said.
“And you (Congressmen) do not have a right to speak on Sardar Saheb. You gave Bharat Ratna award to Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi without a delay of one day. And you did not give Bharat Ratna award to Sardar Vallabhbhai for 40 long years. People of India know you very well. It is because of you that injustice was done to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It is Narendra Modi who has paid tribute to Sardar (Patel) by building world’s tallest statue of him,” Rupani added.
Rupani also referred to the recent election results of municipal corporations in the state in which Congress has been decimated badly.
“Now, Congress stands exposed. Muslims also have understood Congress. And in these elections, eight seats (sic) have been won by (Asaduddin) Owaisi’s party (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) in Ahmedabad. Even Muslims now want to get free from Congress because (of its) vote bank politics. (It) saw people as votes and not as human beings,” the CM said.
Rupani also alleged Congress of not doing public service even during the Covid-19 pandemic and that the way it was decimated in the elections of municipal corporations, similar fate awaits them in the elections of panchayats and nagarpalikas later this month.
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