Chief minister Narendra Modi held a day-long Sadbhavna fast at Dwarka in Saurashtra on Sunday.
Modi had launched his Sadhbhavna mission on September 17, with a three-day fast in Ahmedabad. Over the next two months, he plans to hold a day-long fast in each of the 27 districts of the state.
In Dwarka, he began with prayers at the renowned Dwarkadhish temple. Then, addressing the 3,000-strong gathering, he slammed the UPA government for “trying to put pressure” on his government and “creating problems in the path of development in Gujarat”.
“I do not want to gain anything by staging fasts,” he said. “I want to send a message that while detractors of Gujarat are trying to defame it, the state believes in brotherhood.”
Without naming the Congress, he accused it of practicing the policy of “divide and rule”. His government, he said, has been practicing Sadbhavna for the last 10 years, and his fast would help unite the people.
Congress parliamentarian from Jamnagar Vikram Madam, meanwhile, held a ‘counter fast’ in Dwarka. “This is all drama by the CM ahead of the next year’s assembly polls,” he said.
Gujarat Cong chief flays government
In an open letter to Modi, Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhvadia on Sunday said the state government was trying to link him with Sanjiv Bhatt’s case and arrest him. He accused the Ahmedabad police of pressuring lawyer VH Kanara to give a statement to implicate him in the case. Kanara has charged the police with forcing him to give a statement involving Modhvadia in the case.