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Gujarat elections 2017 highlights: Modi says Cong has lost first round, is not even thinking about the second

Gujarat assembly elections 2017: PM Narendra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi are addressing rallies in Gujarat ahead of the second and final phase of polling in the state. Catch live updates here:

assembly-elections Updated: Dec 12, 2017 10:02 IST
HT Correspondent
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New Delhi, Hindustan Times
PM Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Gujarat’s Patan.
PM Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Gujarat’s Patan.(Videograb)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed three rallies in election-bound Gujarat’s Patan, Nadiad and Ahmedabad, where polling is scheduled for the second phase on December 14, while Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi spoke in rallies at Tharad, Viramgam, Savli and Gandhinagar.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah also addressed four rallies in Saigam in Banaskantha district, Enclave and Barsad in Anand and Dabhoi in Vadodara.

On Sunday, addressing a rally in northern Gujarat’s Palanpur, Modi alleged that Pakistan was meddling in the elections to the state assembly. He also questioned some senior Congress leaders’ recent meeting with Pakistan officials, including the country’s high commissioner to India.

The Congress denied the chargesand asked Modi’s government to repatriate Pakistan’s top diplomat in the country if he was indeed meddling in an Indian election.

Here are the updates on Monday:

6pm: Modi rally ends.

5.15pm: “Congress has lost in the first round and are not even thinking about the second round as they know people here will support BJP. They have now taken to excuses. Their leaders and cheerleaders are blaming EVMs, including saying they are hacked using Bluetooth,” says Modi in Patan rally.

4.55pm: If PM Modi honestly believes then he must immediately take action. He must direct NIA to arrest them (Congress) because if he believes that Pakistan is interfering then tell NIA. Why doesn’t he use Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act or NSA, asks Asaduddin Owaisi.

4.26pm: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh says “deeply pained” after Modi’s remarks on Congress leaders meeting with Pakistani diplomats. Singh says Modi’s statement is setting a dangerous precedent.

4:08pm: When we went to the farmers, did Krishi Mahotsav, we did not go out helping the rich. We went among the poor. Sadly, Congress leaders born with golden spoons will never understand what poverty is, says PM

4:05pm: During peak summer, I would go to the villages of Gujarat and ask parents to educate their children. Whose children were they? Were they Ambani’s children? No. They were children of the poor. We are working for poor, says PM

3:55pm: Our farmers work hard and grow potato. If at all the Congress comes to power, there will be no need to do that because their leader says we will produce potatoes in factories! Congress’ basic knowledge about agriculture is so poor, says PM

3:46pm: When this area was flooded the chief minister, former chief minister, ministers came and stood with people here. The Prime Minister reviewed the situation. All this while, Congress MLAs were enjoying in resorts: PM Modi

3:40pm: Congress has lost in the first round and are not even thinking about the second round as they know people here will support BJP. They have now taken to excuses. Their leaders are blaming EVMs, including saying they are hacked using bluetooth: PM Modi

3:30pm: PM Narendra Modi begins rally in Gujarat’s Patan

3:17pm: Modi doesn’t talk about unemployment, education, farmers or corruption in his rallies, says Rahul Gandhi

3:14pm: Rahul Gandhi again takes a dig at PM Modi demonetisation and GST, says it’s the common man who was affected after note ban, but not Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah. Gandhi says in 3 months Jay Shah converted Rs 50,000 company into Rs 8 lakh crore.

3:10pm: Only a few people are happy in Gujarat right now- one of them are industrialists and the other one is Amit Shah.

3:09pm: In the next 10 days, govt of industrialists will be removed from Gujarat

3:02pm: This election is about the future of the people of Gujarat

2:46pm: Rahul Gandhi addresses his next rally in Viramgam

2:29pm: The BJP’s campaign in Gujarat in the last few days, especially yesterday, has gone beyond bizarre. Should a political party go to any length to win an election? tweets Congress leader P Chidambaram.

1:14pm: Narendra Modi is scared of Amit Shah, says Rahul Gandhi.

1:12pm: After demonetisation, Modiji introduced GST- Gabbar Singh Tax.

1:10pm: After demonetisation, Modi said he will add Rs 15 lakh in everyone’s bank account. People did not even get 15 paise.

1:08pm: During demonetisation, all of you had to stand in endless queues - did you see anyone in suit and boot standing in a queue?

1:05pm: Modji will invest Rs 33,000 cr in Tata Nano plant but not on your education, says Rahul Gandhi.

1:00pm: BJP’s vikas yatra has flopped, says Rahul Gandhi.

12:59pm: Rahul Gandhi says elections are in Gujarat and Modiji is talking about Japan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

12:55pm: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addresses a rally in Banaskantha.

12.49pm: Why did (Congress’) Anand Sharma make a wrong statement denying that the meeting took place? Now who should apologise?

12.48pm: Completely abhor outside interference in India’s internal affairs. Pakistan’s promotion of terrorism in India is well known but Pakistan must stop giving us lessons, we are proud of our democracy. Condemn this unwarranted statement, says Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

12:40pm: The Congress party is fighting this election on issues of development that concern Gujarat. And in round one, our party has already won. This has scared Modi into spewing lies and ill-thought accusations against the former prime minister: Sharma.

12:39pm: “We will win somewhere between 45-50 seats in the first phase,” says Congress leader Sharma.

12:35pm: “Ex-Pakistan foreign minister was here to attend a wedding, there was a dinner organised for him in which there were former diplomats and former army chief among other dignitaries. Does the PM think they were all conspiring with Pakistan? It is reprehensible.Modi must apologise,” says Anand Sharma.

12:32pm: The PM should restore the dignity of political discourse, withdraw what he said and apologise to the former prime minister. It is clear that he said this to mislead the people during the time of elections: Sharma.

12:31pm: Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha questions Modi for spinning “unsubstantiated and unbelievable” stories against political opponents.

12:30pm: It is the prime minister who is doing grave injustice to this nation by ignoring developmental issues, says Congress leader Sharma.

12:29pm: Congress leader Anand Sharma asks, “Why isn’t the PM speaking of economy, employment and the farmer crisis? What is the BJP’s agenda in Gujarat?”

12:28pm: “Modi has said Congress is conspiring with Pakistan for Gujarat elections.It is outrageous and just an attempt to polarise ahead of second phase of voting.This also shows Modi’s desperation and that BJP’s loss is now guaranteed,” says Congress leader Anand Sharma.

12:26pm: “The PM chose to ignore the progress and developmental issues and stooped to mere ‘tu-tu, main-main’ (rhetoric) in his own home-state,” the Shiv Sena says.

12:25pm: The Shiv Sena accuses Modi of resorting to “histrionics” and pulling the ongoing poll campaign for the Gujarat elections to “a new low”.

12:05pm: “I am getting a very good response from the people and I am very confident,” Hardik Patel tells ANI during Ahmedabad motorcycle rally.

11:45am: Pakistan says India’s politicians should not drag the country into its domestic politics during campaigning for the Gujarat assembly polls.

11:38am: Hardik Patel supporters take out a motorcycle rally in Ahmedabad: ANI.


11:15am: BJP leader S Prakash, in Bengaluru, says instead of focusing their attention on development, the Congress is trying to evoke Gujarat riots to win over the Muslim votes: ANI.

11:05am: “This is a shameful statement by the Congress. They apologised for their deeds in 1984 anti-sikh riots and now they are creating a baseless controversy. The truth is only those people who have committed mistakes apologise, but those who have not done anything wrong why they will serve an apology,” BJP leader Bizay Sonkar Shastri tells ANI.

11:00am: Hitting out at Congress for asking Modi to “apologise in Jama Masjid” for the 2002 riots, the BJP says those who commit mistakes only they serve an apology.

10:00am: Request by BJP and Congress for Modi and Rahul Gandhi’s roadshows, respectively, on Tuesday turned down by police due to security, law and order reasons and to avoid public inconvenience, police commissioner Anup Kumar Singh tells ANI.

*The first phase of the Gujarat elections ended on Saturday; 89 seats went to the polls. The second phase, for 93 seats is on December 14 and campaigning ends on December 12.

*The BJP has governed Gujarat for 22 years. The Congress is hoping to unset the BJP by tapping angst over the agrarian crisis and the implementation of the goods and services tax, and on the strength of a coalition it has built with Patidars, some other backward classes, and Dalits.

*Analysts expect it to be a close fight, although the BJP has maintained that it is confident of bettering its tally of 119 seats in the 182-member assembly in 2012.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Dec 11, 2017 11:20 IST

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