Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chose not to talk to about his self-projected image of a chief minister who developed Gujarat during his time as the state’s chief minister. Instead, while addressing an election rally in Rajkot, Modi invoked Gujarati pride and sought refuge in blaming Congress party and Aam Aadmi Party.
He said, “The Congress dislikes me because of my poor origins. Can a party stoop so low? Yes, a person belonging to a poor family has become PM. They do not fail to hide their contempt for this fact. Yes, I sold tea but I did not sell the nation.”
Modi added, “A new party came up in Delhi, whose style is to keep abusing & running away. I thought Congress, being an older party would not indulge in such politics but they have also taken this short cut in the past two months and only hurled abuses and lies.
“There was a person who led a life of discipline on Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals, a disciplined & hard working son of the soil just like Sardar Patel but he he had the same ‘flaw’ of being a Gujarati, so he was not allowed to stay in national politics by them.”
Gujarat goes to polls in two stages on 9 and 14 December while the counting will take place on 18 December.
The BJP has fielded at least 26 heavyweights from Modi’s council of ministers to campaign for the party as it detects growing resentment among the voters.
(With inputs from ANI)