Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took a dig at the Congress, calling the Gujarat elections a fight between ‘development and dynasty,’ adding that development politics will triumph over family rule.
“This election is between development and dynasty. Development will win, and dynasty will lose,” PM Modi said in an address to BJP workers at his ‘Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan’ in the state capital, Gandhinagar.
In an all-out attack, the PM accused the Congress of having a negative approach toward the development of Gujarat.
“The Congress party has always had a negative approach toward the development of Gujarat. In fact, they are now abusing ‘vikaas’,” the PM said.
He then challenged the Congress to fight the elections on the plank of development, instead of “trying to manipulate the people.”
He demanded to know why, if the Congress was doing well, 25 percent of its MLAs left the party before the elections.
PM Modi said the Congress, jealous of the people of Gujarat, had always treated the state like a “thorn” in its side.
“Gujarat has always been treated like a thorn by the Gandhi family and their party. History is witness to what they did to Sardar Patel and Morarji Desai,” he accused.
He also blamed the party of corruption, calling it a ‘zamanati’ party, or ‘one out on bail.’
The PM said that the Congress, a party that had given the nation so many Prime Ministers and chief ministers, now “only focusses on spreading lies” and has “created an atmosphere of pessimism in the country.”
Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, BJP national president Amit Shah and several other leaders of the party were also present at the event.
Last week, PM Modi had visited the state to inaugurate and lay foundation stones of various projects in Rajkot, Vadnagar, Gandhinagar and Bharuch. He had also participated in a roadshow in his hometown Vadnagar on October 8.