Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Friday heaped reward on the BJP-ruled Gujarat authorities forward of the Assembly polls, urging voters to carry the occasion again in energy within the state.
The Union minister for Sports and Youth Affairs counseled the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making Gujarat ‘riot-free’.
“If Gujarat is riot-free today then it is because of the BJP and PM Modi,” the minister mentioned.
Addresing a public rally at Gujarat’s Mangrol on Friday, Anurag Thakur mentioned, “The more Gujarat progresses, the more India will progress. If Gujarat wins, it will be a victory for the country,” Thakur mentioned.
At one other public rally in Gujarat’s Mandvi Assembly constituency earlier on Friday, Mr Thakur took a swipe on the Congress saying that it dominated the nation to ‘divide’ individuals.
“Congress ruled only to divide the country on the basis of caste, religion and area. It ruled the country this way for over 60 years,” the Union minister mentioned.
Hitting out on the former UPA authorities on the Centre, he mentioned it did not take note of the tribal communities of the nation.
“Earlier governments didn’t pay attention to the tribal people. In 2013 and ’14, only Rs 4,200 crores were allotted for tribals in the Union Budget. However, the government led by Modi-ji allocated Rs 8,500cr for the tribal communities. Now, tribal communities in every state are showing progress,” Mr Thakur mentioned.
Urging individuals to vote for the BJP’s ‘double engine’ authorities, the nion minister mentioned, “PM Narendra is running the country at the Centre and Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai is at the helm here. This is a double-engine government and it shall be voted back,” the minister mentioned.
In one other marketing campaign occasion, Mr Thakur hit out at Rahul Gandhi, saying mentioned the previous Congress president was holding the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ with the ‘tukde tukde gang’.
“He stands with people who tried to divide India at the JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and is now raising questions on Veer Savarkar. This is the Congress’ mentality. They don’t see anything beyond one family,” Mr Thakur mentioned.
On the sidelines of the Maharashtra leg of the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ on Thursday, Rahul Gandhi raked up Savarkar claiming that he betrayed leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbahai Patel by signing a letter of apology to the British earlier than independence.
BJP chief Hardik Patel additionally hit out on the Congress saying Rahul Gandhi must undertake a ‘Congress Jodo’ train as a substitute of the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.
On Rahul Gandhi on holding a ballot rally in Gujarat as but, Hardik Patel mentioned, “The Congress should first take out a ‘Congress Jodo Yatra’ instead of the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. The question is whether he will visit the state before the elections or after.”
“I have been in the Congress and I know that it has always insulted Gujaratis and raised questions on the (cultural) identity and pride of Gujarat. The people of Gujarat have never accepted the Congress and will never. There is no fight between the BJP and the Congress here. Our goal is to take our model of development further,” he added.
Hardik Patel is contesting Gujarat’s Viramgam Assembly seat on a BJP ticket. The counting of votes will happen, together with that of Himachal Pradesh, on December 8.
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