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In Gujarat’s Mehsana, PM Modi attacks ‘corrupt’ Congress model, says BJP ushered in ‘era of light’

In his around 35-minute speech, Modi specifically addressed the youths saying that the BJP-led governments in Gujarat have developed the state from abhav (scarcity) during the Congress years to prabhav (influence).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public meeting at Mehsana, Gujarat. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Mehsana district is emerging as a centre of tremendous revolution as north Gujarat is developing into a hub of electric vehicle manufacturing in the world and it will create a major opportunity for the youths of the region, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mehsana town on Wednesday.

Addressing an election rally, Modi also attacked the “corrupt” model of opposition Congress party, highlighting that in the past 20 years, the BJP has ushered in the “era of light” ending the “era of darkness”.

“Mehsana district is going to be a centre of tremendous revolution… the entire stretch from Viramgam to Mehsana, a grid of factories is coming up in which electric vehicles and electric batteries (will be) manufactured. The work of changing India’s life is going to be done in Mehsana. It will be done through the wisdom and hardwork of the youths of Mehsana,” he said.

Modi’s native district Mehsana has total six assembly constituencies —Unjha, Mehsana, Visnagar, Bechraji, Kadi and Vijapur.

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“In the time of war or such things, the entire system gets crippled. We have to get petrol and diesel from outside and it runs out. Now what should we do? Should we sit down with folded hands? It certainly cannot be done,” Modi said.

In his around 35-minute speech, Modi specifically addressed the youths saying that the BJP-led governments in Gujarat have developed the state from abhav (scarcity) during the Congress years to prabhav (influence).

“Our entire stretch is developing into an auto hub. Cars manufactured from here are exported and sold in Japan. This is the strength of land of North Gujarat. The strength to take over world market will come to this district with the arrival of electric vehicles… It is a campaign to get freedom from buying oil worth crores from foreign countries. North Gujarat is developing into a hub of electric vehicles. A big opportunity is going to come up for the youths of North Gujarat,” Modi said.

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Modi said that during the past days of Congress rule in Gujarat, the state was continuously facing shortage of electricity and water. In 20 years, the BJP governments brought about reforms to ensure that it had sufficient water and electricity, the PM said, adding, “We have proved ourselves by doing progress from the state of abhav to prabhav.”

Speaking in the context of the current elections, Modi said that wherever he is going, he could sense the victory of BJP. He said that youths, in particular, are taking a lot of interest in the elections and it has given rise to a new hope for the future of this country.

“The young generation of the country has moved towards the BJP… It is not a generation that has moved ahead blindfolded. It watches each and every step closely and then takes a decision where to go. It has seen that what was the conduct of Congress governments in past… They know that Congress’s model means corruption… neopotism… and votebank politics,” the PM said.

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“This model of Congress has destroyed not only Gujarat, but entire country. And therefore, we have to make lots of efforts to save, build and take forward this country,” he added.

Modi said that the BJP has developed Gujarat in a planned manner while dealing with scarce resources and natural calamities.

“Due to honest efforts, a lot of work has been done on electricity and water… Today, industries and investments are coming to Gujarat giving opportunities to youths,” Modi said.

Listing out a number of works done under the BJP governments in the state in 20 years, Modi expressed confidence of winning the elections and said that development can only be done with a vision. He appealed people to come out and vote in record numbers.

All the BJP candidates from the six constituencies and senior leaders, including former deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, were present.

First published on: 23-11-2022 at 04:46:01 pm
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