With the BJP facing a stiff challenge from the Congress and three youth leaders — Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel, Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the people to vote for the BJP in the state elections, saying it is “our collective responsibility to save Gujarat from these casteist, communal and dynastic forces, and create a bright future for our youth”.
The appeal, which has come in the form of a letter signed by the Prime Minister, was released by the BJP on Tuesday, a day ahead of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Surat where he is scheduled to meet textile traders on the first anniversary of demonetisation.
In the letter, Modi talks about how the youth “cannot even imagine what Gujarat was in the past”. “Only, and only for political self interest, our Gujarat has been torn apart on caste and communal lines…. Certain power-hungry people have again got into this selfish (divisive) game,” he said.
“By our good fortune, the entire country has elected a development-oriented government (at the Centre). For the first time, at both places (Centre and Gujarat), there are development-oriented governments. These are opportunities for us to develop in more areas with greater speed than before. The intelligent Gujarati will never let an opportunity like this go out of his hand.”
He blamed the previous Congress governments at the Centre for delaying the Narmada dam project and obstructing the state’s development. “This development (vikas) has not come easy for Gujarat… In spite of the unsuitable government at the Centre, which put up several obstacles, we went ahead. As soon as we came (to power at the Centre), we completed it (Narmada dam) and dedicated the project to the nation.”