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Narendra Modi in Gujarat Day 2 updates: Congress learned to 'divide and rule' from British Raj, says PM
  • 15:47 (IST)

    "I congratulate Congress on their 'Aurangzeb Raj.' For us, 125 crore Indians are our high command," BJP shares video of Modi's barb

  • 15:45 (IST)

    Modi was welcomed with chants of 'Bharat mata ki jai' in Bhavnagar

  • 15:33 (IST)

    BJP govt gave free gas connections and stoves to three crore poor families, says Modi 

    "Since 2004, we've been hearing that Rahul will get the post of Congres president. His mother is ill, she can't work, but she still is fighting for him," Modi said at another jab at the Opposition party's nomination of party president. "At that time, Congress held a press conference and there media thought they would announce their pm candidate, but instead they declared that the Congress would come to power in 2014, and when they do, instead of nine cylinders, they would give twelve cylinders of gas to the poor." 

    "BJP didn't give any promises of providing gas in their election campaigns, but we gave gas connections to over three crore poor families and we also gave chulhas (gas stoves) which gave poor mothers relief from toxic fumes," Modi said at the rally. This is the kind of work we do, he said, urging the audience to "show the strength of your finger on 9 December" to seal the destiny of India and Gujarat. 

  • 15:24 (IST)

    As the abuse-fest gets into top gear, there’s one unanswered question: What’s in it for the voter?

    Come 9 December, Gujarat will show the rest of the country if the slanging match between the Congress wearing the colours of Rahul Gandhi and the BJP in the right corner wearing the colours of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had any effect on the voters.

    With the media sitting in the front row and fanning the flames, we have been witness to several weeks of verbal battering ensuring that more than any major issues, personal insult and insinuation have been the tactics adopted by both combatants. These actions are more in keeping with the conduct of wrestlers in the WWE rather than an honourable battle.

    Full analysis here 

  • 15:17 (IST)

    PM lashes out against Kapil Sibal, says he wasn't able to keep his promise that "Modi will be in jail"

    "Congress has a very 'able' lawyer in Kapil Sibal. He is always handling all the indefensible and wrong matters. In 2007, he held a rally in Viramgam and said after the results are out Modi will be in jail. He was very powerful in that government," Modi said at the Bhavnagar rally. "But he was not able to keep this promise, was he?" Modi exclaimed.

    "I appeal to the Congress to stick to the truth. The people of Gujarat do not like poll-time lollipops and false promises of the Congress," Modi said. "I am seeing videos of Congress supporters saying, vote for Congress on 9th and 14th and then we will do 'Dadagiri' for 5 years. This is not the Gujarat that the people desire," he said at the rally. 

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Fresh from Uttar Pradesh civic poll win, BJP directs newly-elected mayors to campaign in Gujarat

    The BJP has won 14 out of 16 mayoral seats in civic polls in Uttar Pradesh and all the newly elected leaders will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi  on Tuesday to seek his blessings.

    Thereafter, they will proceed to Gujarat for campaigning for the Assembly elections there on 9 and 14 December.

    "The newly elected mayors will meet the prime minister over tea tomorrow in Delhi. They are all devoted party workers and will be used where ever the party needs them," BJP state general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak told PTI.

    Read more here

  • 15:09 (IST)

    Modi attacks Congress criticism against demonetisation 

    "The people of UP know the Congress and their leadership well. And see how they have rejected Congress repeatedly," Modi said in a barb against the Opposition party. "It has been 12 months since note ban, why are Congress party's tears not drying?" Modi asked about their ​criticism against demonetisation at an election rally. 

    "Congress better hear loud and clear, we are the born on the same land as Gandhi and Sardar Patel, so we never go back from our promises," Modi asserted at the rally. "Our promise is, whoever stole from the poor, whoever stole from the nation, they will have to give the money back!" Modi said. 

  • 14:58 (IST)

    Reason for development in Gujarat is unity between Gujaratis, says PM 

    Modi praised the development model in Gujarat, asking the audience at the rally in Bhavnagar who was responsible for this development. The crowd immediately began to chant "Modi, Modi!" but the prime minister went on to say "Modi has been PM and CM in Gujarat, but the reason for this development is the unity between Gujaratis." "Gujarat has grown due to the power of Shanti, Ekta and Sadbhavana," he added. 

  • 14:54 (IST)

    Congress learned to divide and rule from the British, says Modi 

    "Congress is trying to create fights between brothers, between cities and villages, between religions and castes, whatever chasms that they could create, Congress party has learned this sin from the British Raj rather well," Modi says.    

  • 14:50 (IST)

    Worked hard for two decades so Gujarat wouldn't have to hang its head in shame, says Modi

    "Today, I can say with pride that after two decades, I got to handle many responsibilities. Two decades is not a short time, but in this time, there has never been an incident due to which my dear Gujarat would have to hang its head," Modi said at an election rally in Bhavnagar. 

  • 14:35 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Congress says Narendra Modi suffering from 'Rahul Gandhi-phobia', asks why is PM silent on questions raised by BJP leaders

    The Congress on Monday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he is suffering from a "Rahul Gandhi-phobia" and asked why he was silent on questions being raised by his own senior party leaders.

    "Why is the prime minister suffering from Rahul Gandhi phobia? Why is he so much stressed?" Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told reporters in New Delhi ahead of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi's filing of nomination for its presidential post.

    He also said that Modi's "love for Shehzad (Poonawalla), shahzada (BJP chief Amit Shah's son Jai Shah) and shourya (National Security Advisor Ajit Doval's son)" is well known to the world.

    Read more here

  • 14:30 (IST)

    Modi begins addressing an election rally in Bhavnagar, watch it live here: 

  • 14:29 (IST)

    Visuals from Narendra Modi's rally in Dharampur

  • 14:25 (IST)

    Modi slams Rahul Gandhi's elevation as Congress president, calls it 'Aurangzebi raj'

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed Rahul Gandhi's expected elevation as Congress president, dubbing it as "Aurangzebi raj".

    Taking potshots at the opposition party, the prime minister said, "Mani Shanker Aiyar who was a minister in Congress government said 'did elections happen during Mughal rule? After Jahangir, Shahjahan came, was any election held? After Shahjahan it was understood that Aurangzeb would be the leader.'

    "Does the Congress accept that it is a family party? We don't want this Aurangzeb rule," Modi said in Dharampur.  —PTI 

  • 13:59 (IST)

    Huge crowd at Hardik Patel's Surat rally

  • 13:33 (IST)

    Congress spreading disinformation against BJP, says Modi

  • 13:30 (IST)

    Mani Shankar Aiyer clarifies his statement 

  • 13:24 (IST)

    Narendra Modi targets Congress over secularism

    "Why has the Congress stopped saying BJP is anti-Muslim? Earlier, they would go out of the way to show their secularism but now we are all seeing what they are doing in this election, where they are going. Unfortunately for them, Muslims know their real nature," Modi said in Dharampur. 

  • 13:21 (IST)

    Congress is anti-OBC, says Modi

    "Why did the Congress not give Constitutional Status to the OBC Commission? We got a bill but when we did so, they stalled it in the Rajya Sabha. This anti-OBC Congress should be severely punished by the people," says Modi.

  • 13:19 (IST)

    Congress ignored tribal welfare, claims Modi

    "Not only did the Congress ignore the healthcare infrastructure in tribal areas, there was no arrangements for ambulances. We changed both these things- today there are better healthcare services and the 108 ambulance service is active," said the prime minister. 

  • 13:12 (IST)

    Follow our LIVE blog on Rahul Gandhi's elevation to Congress presidency here. 

  • 13:06 (IST)

    Modi concludes speech

    "Help us win the Gujarat polls with over 150 seats," Modi urges the gathering while concluding his speech. 

  • 13:03 (IST)

    Modi reiterates his anti-corruption credentials

    "Have you ever read that I have eaten so much (corruption). Have you read that any of my relatives have indulged any corruption?" Modi asked the gathering. Their (Congress leaders) headlines are.. '2 lakh crore 2G case, 1 lakh crore in coal scam.. so and so in submarine scam'. These news were in newspaper But from my end, there were reports like "how much money came to India," Modi said while reiterating his anti-corruption credentials. 

  • 12:59 (IST)

    Congress is anti-OBC, claims Modi

    "These people talk a lot of OBCs.. but i want to tell the OBCs of south Gujarat that Congress is lying and renegading on promises. Our MP met Manmohan Singh on giving constitutional status to OBC commission but nothing came out of it," Modi said in Dharmapur. 

  • 12:56 (IST)

    The Manishankar Aiyer comment which Modi referred to

  • 12:55 (IST)

    Modi invokes Sardar Patel and Morarji Desai

    "You could not even handle Kashmir. But Sardar did yeomen service by unifying all rajas in India. Morarji fought for Prime Ministership. But he was jailed and thrown out like dirt," Modi said while slamming dynasty politics in Congress.

  • 12:48 (IST)

    Modi defends note ban

    Modi asks crowd whether they were angry because of demonetisation.. The crowd shouts "no'. "It is only Congress which is angry due to the note ban as they have lost their opportunity to loot the poor in India. They cry because I have acted against them. I am here for the poor. Every money in India is for the poor, adivasis, Dalits, farmers and workers," Modi said while defending note ban. 

  • 12:45 (IST)

    Congress loves insulting Gujaratis

    "Do these people defame UP, Bihar, Rajasthan and WB? But Congress used to defame and insult Gujarat. Every Congress leader usued to at least insult Gujarat once in a day," Modi said in the Dharmapur rally. 

  • 12:36 (IST)

    Modi congratulates Congress for 'Aurangazeb raj'

    "Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyer had said "Jab jahangir ke jagah pe Shahjahan aye the tab elections hua tha kya?" It has been decided that the queen's son will be made the leader. Congress itself believes that it is not a party but a cotorie.. For them, if they come to power, it means a dynast is coming to power. This "Aurangazeb raj" is god for them," Modi said while mocking Congress presidential elections. For me the 125 crore Indians ar emy high command, added Modi. 

  • 12:33 (IST)

    Those out on bail now want to lead party, says Modi

    "Those people who are on bail..the court has asked a case to be filed against them. Congress party has been forced to make him the president.. Congress has become bankrupt. They have nothing left now.." Modi said while targetting Rahul Gandhi. 

  • 12:32 (IST)

    Teach Congress a lesson on 9 December, says Modi

    "On 9 December, you have to decide the destiny of Gujarat.. The vote is against those who hate Guajrati people, Gujarat state, its name itself. 9 December is the date when you can teach a lesson to these people who are defaming Gujarat," Modi said. 

  • 12:21 (IST)

    Narendra Modi is speaking at Dharampur rally

  • 12:18 (IST)

    Bharatsinh Solanki condemns attack on Congress candidates

  • 12:14 (IST)

    Why the Gujarat deal is a chimera

    While legal luminary and Congress leader Kapil Sibal, who brokered the deal with Hardik, did not disclose its details, the 24-year-old Patidar leader claimed that it would be carried out under Articles 31B and 46 of the Constitution.

    Taking recourse to Article 31B means passing a law to raise reservation level to include Patidars and then parking that legislation in the Constitution’s Ninth Schedule where it is presumed to be safe from judicial hurdles. In theory this can happen, but there are three big Ifs:

    It can only happen

    1) if the Congress wins Gujarat elections to pass a bill that will bless Patidars with reservations;
    2) if the Modi government then agrees to keep that law in the Ninth Schedule and
    3) if the Supreme Court agrees that such a law in Ninth Schedule is really beyond a judicial review.

  • 12:10 (IST)

    Hardik Patel’s quota ‘deal’ is a cruel joke, but stirs up caste frenzy in other states

    Past verdicts of the Supreme Court as well as various high courts, however, make it evident that the Congress is fooling Hardik. Or possibly, Hardik, too naive to understand the legal hassles of raising reservation levels, is fooling himself. Or he is fooling his community.

    Even as Congress leaders and Hardik live in a fool’s paradise, beating tambourines and singing paeans to each other, their so-called deal is getting the adrenaline of backward class reservations going in other states.

  • 12:07 (IST)

    Modi to be in Gujarat between 6 and 9 December

    6  December 

    Dhandhuka : 09:30   am
    Dahod          : 12:00   noon
    Netrang        : 02:00  pm
    Surat             : 06:00  pm 

    8  December 

    Bhabhar     : 11:00  am 
    Kalol           :  12:30 pm 
    Himatnagar: 02:30 pm 
    Vatva           : 04:00 pm

    9 December 

    Lunavada   : 09:30 am 
    Bodeli         :  11:00  am 
    Anand         :  12:00 noon
    Mehsana    :  03:00  pm

  • 12:01 (IST)

    Modi to be in Dharmapur soon

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left Surat to Dharampur, reported Financial Express. Modi will be addressing a public meeting at Malanpada.

  • 11:49 (IST)

    Modi invokes Sardar Patel, Morarji to slam party rigging

    Narendra Modi went on to claim that rigging was a practice in the Congress party. "Sardar Patel got more votes than Jawaharlal Nehru when the Congress party had (then) met to decide who would be the prime minster of the country. But that election was rigged and Nehru won," he alleged. This is what happened with Morarji Desai, too, Modi said.


  • 11:46 (IST)

    RECAP: Modi mocks 'rigged' Congress presidential polls

    Mocking the Congress over the upcoming election of its president, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday alleged the party had a history of rigging organisational polls. The outcome of the election to the top post in the Congress was a foregone conclusion, Modi said while addressing a rally in Gujarat's Surendranagar district.

  • 11:39 (IST)

    A bit about the SAUNI project 

    Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) Yojana aims to fill 115 dams in Saurashtra through a network of pipelines that would channelise floodwater from the Sardar Sarovar Dam. The project is a work in progress and the deadline is reportedly end of 2019. The network of pipelines includes four links, one of which originates from Dholi Dhaja Dam in Surendranagar and ends at Venu I dam in Upleta taluka of Rajkot district, pumping water in 28 dams along its length of 245 kilometres.

  • 11:36 (IST)

    Modi slams Congress over 'chaiwala' jibe

    Referring to the meme tweeted by the Youth Congress, Modi said the Congress was using abusive language against him. "It is their 'sanskar' (values). I have not studied in an English medium school but in a government school where they taught me how to lead life," Modi said in Surendranagar.

    "From those lessons, I have learnt that 125 crore people of the country are my God and I am their priest. I will continue to work for 'sabka sath, sabka vikas'," the prime minister said.

  • 11:26 (IST)

    BJP Gujarat unit tweets video showcasing Gujarat's world class economic development

  • 11:24 (IST)

    Meanwhile.. Amit Shah to campaign in Tapi, Surat and Navsari

  • 11:20 (IST)

    RECAP: Rajnath Singh says 'Gujarat model' helped BJP win 2014 polls

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the BJP formed government at the Centre because of the Gujarat model of development and that the people of the country had already answered the questions of Rahul Gandhi by giving it a mandate in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

    Hitting out at Gandhi over his "a question a day" social media campaign, Singh said he should first tell why India remained poor despite the Congress ruling it for 50-55 years.

    At a public rally in Sanand, Singh said, "The Congress leader (Rahul) asks what did the BJP government do in 22 years of its rule? What the BJP government has done in 22 years has been answered by the people of India during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections."

  • 10:37 (IST)

    Meanwhile.. Smriti Irani campaigned in Surat on Sunday

  • 10:34 (IST)

    RECAP: Modi mocks Rahul over crony capitalism jibe
    Making a veiled reference to Gandhi, he said, "One leader during his speech said Modi gave 48,000 crore acres of land to an industrialist. The area he is talking about is three times the size of land available on the earth. I don't know what to do... to laugh or cry."
    The prime minister said, "What can you expect from the Congress" when the person expected to lead the party cannot understand such basic things.

  • 10:29 (IST)

    RECAP: 'Rashtrabhakti' drove us to help people belonging to all faiths
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said "rashtrabhakti" motivated him and his government to help people of various faiths, including Christians, and dubbed as "fatwa" a letter issued by Gandhinagar archbishop.
    The prime minister was referring to the letter issued last month by Thomas Macwan, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Gandhinagar, in which he had appealed to Christians to pray to save the country from "nationalist forces".
    "I was shocked to see a religious person releasing a 'fatwa' (diktat) saying uproot the nationalist forces. It is 'Rashtrabhakti' (nationalism) that guides us to help every Indian in any part of the world," Modi said.

  • 10:14 (IST)

    PM tweets on his today's rallies in Gujarat

  • 10:12 (IST)

    Meanwhile.. Rahul Gandhi tweets his sixth question in as many days

    Rahul Gandhi asks why the salaries of fixed and contractual workers in Gujarat is still Rs 5,500 and Rs 10,000 when the seventh pay commission pegs their salaries at Rs 18,000. 

After addressing rallies in Bharuch, Surendranagar and Rajkot on Sunday, as part of his two day-long 'Vikas Rallies', Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing four more rallies on Monday. The prime minister will be holding public meetings at Dharampur in Valsad district and later at Bhavnagar. From there he will visit other places in Saurashtra: Junagadh and Jamnagar.

Modi on Sunday accused the Congress of seeking to divide the people on caste and religious lines. He also hit out at the Congress over the upcoming election of its president, alleging that the Opposition party has a history of rigging (organisational) elections.

If one doesn't have democracy in his home (party), how can the person practice it in the country, he wondered and said the outcome of the election to the top post in the Congress is a foregone conclusion.

He lashed out at the Congress over its criticism of the government's ambitious bullet train project, saying if the opposition party has a problem with it, it could roam around on bullock carts.

"The people of Gujarat know what the Congress is up to. It changes colour time and again, creates a wall between brothers, it wants to make urban areas fight with rural areas of the country, illiterate fight with literates and poor fight with the rich," he said.

Modi said the party made "one caste fight with the other, one religion fight with another".

"They keep you busy in fighting with each other. You may die but the Congress will eat 'malai' (cream)," he said, launching a broadside against the opposition party apparently for having an alliance with caste leaders such as Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani and Alpesh Thakor ahead of the state polls.

 Narendra Modi in Gujarat Day 2 updates: Congress learned to divide and rule from British Raj, says PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Surendranagar rally. Twitter @bjp4india

"But, they do not understand that all these diseases were cured in Gujarat from the day when the BJP came to power in the state, and the state is firmly on the path of development," the prime minister asserted.

"They (Congress) have a pain that Gujarat is progressing rapidly. When I was the chief minister, no day passed when they had not taken a step to harm Gujarat," he said.

Sharpening his attack on Congress leaders such as former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former finance minister P Chidambaram, he told a rally in Bharuch district that by opposing the bullet train, the party stooped to a such a level that it was opposing the country's development.

Recently, Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram, during their visits to Gujarat, had said the bullet train project was among the NDA government's "misplaced priorities".

Resuming his campaign in his home state, where the first phase of Assembly elections is to be held on December 9, said, "Dr Manmohan Singhji, your government had made an announcement before 2012 (Gujarat Assembly) elections from Delhi about the bullet train, but your talks with Japan did not go down well as the loan Japan was offering we could not afford," he said.

But, Modi said, his government negotiated the loan at a very low interest rate and the work on the bullet train has started.

The prime minister said, "My problem is, you can oppose the BJP but why stoop to such a low level that you are opposing development of the country."

He said the real thing is they are in pain as they could not do it.

"We say, there is no other way than development. We have wasted 70 years in the fight over of casteism, in dynastic politics, in yours and mine, but now the country is determined to go on the path of development," he said.

Later, at a rally in Surendranagar district, he hit out at the Congress over the upcoming election of its president.

"An election is going on in the Congress party for its president. What the result will be everybody knows," he said.

To this, the crowd replied that Rahul Gandhi will become the Congress president.

Modi said a youth called Shezad (Poonawala), who is a (Congress) party worker, has raised questions over the process of the election and alleged that it is being rigged.

"They keep on muttering words like tolerance, tolerance, tolerance...but the party has brought out a diktat to silence this youth. The party has gagged him from all WhatsApp groups. He has been collectively boycotted by that party," the prime minister claimed.

"We have a Gujarati saying which means that if there is water in a well then only it can come in a bucket. If you do not have democracy in your home (party) how can you practice it in the country," Modi said.

He went on to allege that this has been a practice with the Congress party.

"Sardar Patel got more votes than Jawharlal Nehru when the Congress party had (then) met to decide who will be the prime minster of the country. But that the election was rigged and Nehru won," he alleged.

Claiming the same thing happened with Morarji Desai, he said, "They have the history of rigging elections."

Earlier in Bharuch, Modi said his government has recently taken steps to delist bamboo from the tree category and classified it as a grass so that the tribal people can grow it and sell it in forest areas.

Targeting Rahul Gandhi, Modi said the Congress government did not do it for the last 70 years. "Those who do not know what is to be done with potato how would they know what is to be done with bamboo," he said.

Rahul Gandhi's meme on potato has been doing rounds in social media in which he is seen saying that the BJP will invent a machine in which if 'aloo' (potato) is put from one side, then gold will come out from the other side.


With inputs from PTI


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Updated Date: Dec 04, 2017 15:57:16 IST