When Gandhi called Modi "maut ka saudagar" at a 2007 public rally, many in Gujarat blamed her act of aggression for the Congress party's poor electoral performance.
On Friday in Mandvi, she was careful not to talk about the 2002 riots and its victims, mostly Muslims. She made no comment on Hindutva in her 30-minute address but focused on development issues.
"Had the government paid attention, you would not have been facing the hardships that you do today," she said.
In Keshod, Gandhi dwelt on lack of water and power shortage in Saurashtra.
"We tried hard to bring the Narmada water here with the Sardar Sarovar dam. It seems the BJP government forgot to put a canal system in place," she said.
Keshod was a SC seat, but now the Patel community's Manubhai Kotadia (Cong) and Arvind Ladani (BJP) will fight it out here.