Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani: Congress' fears are forcing it to bank on caste leaders
The Gujarat CM says there is no threat to the BJP's poll prospects from the Cong-Hardik tie-up
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has accused the Congress of seeking refuge in casteism and "outsourcing" its campaign to caste leaders while dismissing any threat to the BJP's poll prospects from the Congress-Hardik Patel tie-up.He alleged that the Congress was "deceiving" the people over the issue of reservation, while the agitators were lining up for poll tickets. Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel's support to the Congress in the December Assembly polls is not an electoral alliance but a "deal" between two sides, the BJP leader said, describing Hardik as a "media-created" leader.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar yesterday. Pic/PTI
Rupani dubbed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is extensively campaigning in Gujarat, as a "gappidas" (teller of lies) and accused him of dishing out fabricated statistics about the BJP-ruled state. "From what I understand, I can say it (Congress-Hardik alliance) won't have any effect (on the BJP) as they are exposed. They have kept aside the original demand of reservation and agitators have lined up to get Congress tickets," he said. "While the Congress is not speaking a word on how will it give reservation to the Patidars (if it comes to power), Hardik Patel is declaring support to the Congress. This shows there is 'saudebaazi' (deal) (between them)," Rupani said in an interview to PTI.
Rahul Gandhi on Sunday cited a media report on a drop in the production of Nano cars at a Gujarat plant and said PM Modi's pet 'Make in India' project "just died" turning Gujarati tax payers' `33,000 crore into 'ash'. Gandhi also asked who should be held accountable for it.
EC serves notice to G'nagar Archbishop
The Election Commission has issued a notice to the Gandhinagar archbishop for asking Christians to pray to save the country from "nationalist forces". Archbishop Thomas Macwan, had made the appeal last week. In Gujarat's political circles, it was seen as a call to vote against the ruling BJP.
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