Congress leaders in tears because of demonetisation, says Modi in Gujarat
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Congress leaders in tears because of demonetisation, says Modi in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed election rallies in Bharuch, Surendrangar and Rajkot in Gujarat, on Sunday, and accused the Congress of trying to divide the society. Stay tuned for live updates.
Dec 03, 2017 21:01 IST
By HT Correspondent
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Surendranagar, Gujarat on December 3, 2017.
Dec 03, 2017 09:01 PM IST

"This is not an election only for BJP but for every Gujarati who was called a 'Gadha' by Rahul Gandhi and his friend Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh," says Union minister Smriti Irani in Surat.

Dec 03, 2017 08:57 PM IST

"People outside India know of at least one Indian state, and that is Gujarat. Modi Ji may or may not have done anything but he definitely made it possible for Gujarat to make a name for itself," says home minister Rajnath Singh in Anand.

Dec 03, 2017 08:57 PM IST

Congress leaders are in tears because of demonetisation. That is because they have lost all that they had looted from the poor: PM

Dec 03, 2017 08:46 PM IST

PM says in every indicator be it health, education or agriculture, the progress of Gujarat under the BJP has been better than under the previous Congress governments in the state: ANI. 

Dec 03, 2017 08:40 PM IST

"Be it corruption, casteism, communalism or nepotism, it is the Congress which is associated with these evils. The youth are not ready to accept the Congress," says Modi.

Dec 03, 2017 08:39 PM IST

PM addresses public rally in Rajkot

India's rise in the world stage has rattled many. They are going out of the way to discredit the rankings. Yes that is fine but will they also discredit the people of UP who have rejected them comprehensively: PM Modi.

Dec 03, 2017 06:39 PM IST

"Our nurses were stranded in West Asia. When these nurses, who are doing such humanitarian work, are stranded how can anyone sleep in peace? Every effort was undertaken to bring them back home," says PM.

Dec 03, 2017 06:38 PM IST

"Lack of healthcare facilities affects the poor adversely. We want to change that and that is why we made stents cheaper," says Modi. 

Dec 03, 2017 06:32 PM IST

I was surprised to see a man associated with spirituality release a Diktat saying remove the nationalist forces from power. It is Rashtra Bhakti that transcends all barriers and it is what guides us to help every Indian, in every part of India and the world: PM

Dec 03, 2017 06:30 PM IST

Those who are releasing Fatwas against nationalists should see the effort we undertook to get Father Tom back. Father Tom was guided by his love for Lord Christ and was working. We got Father Tom back. We also got back Father Prem, who was kidnapped in Afghanistan, says Modi.

Dec 03, 2017 05:47 PM IST

If you don't have democracy in your own house (party), how can you practise it in the country, says Modi during the rally, attacking Congress. Read the full story here.

Dec 03, 2017 05:44 PM IST

Modi inaugurates Shri Jogiswami SGVP Hospital in Ahmedabad. 

Dec 03, 2017 03:39 PM IST

Modi says, "Congress sent its MLAs to Bangalore resorts. They did the same even during the floods of Banaskantha. We should send Congress to the resort for the next 5 years, they are not interested in the people or in Gujarat."

"Congress' biggest disservice to Gujarat was to divide communities. Congress ensured that people who were friendly earlier were divided."

Dec 03, 2017 03:32 PM IST

Modi says, "Congress does not worry about Gujarat. They prefer resorts in Bengaluru."

Dec 03, 2017 03:27 PM IST

Modi on what BJP has done for the district: "Earlier, Surendranagar district had water tablets. Today Dholishna dam is flooded with Narmada water. Water scarcity in Surendranagar is now history. The BJP has got the Narmada waters here and helped farmers."

Dec 03, 2017 03:20 PM IST

"Gujarat Congress will get a fatal blow in the 2017 elections, and BJP will win," assures Modi.

Dec 03, 2017 03:13 PM IST

Modi on 'rigged' election for Congress president

On the poll to elect Congress' party president, Modi says "A youngster Shehzad has exposed the rigging that is taking place in the Congress President Poll. And Shehzad is a senior Congress leader in Maharashtra. Congress has tried to muzzle his voice and wants to even remove him from their social media groups. What tolerance is this?"

The prime minister is referring to Maharashtra Congress secretary Shehzad Poonawalla raising questions about the election process in the party.

"Those who have no internal democracy can't work for people. I want to tell this youngster Shehzad- you have done a brave thing but this is sadly what has always happened in the Congress. It was the Congress which made the nation a prison. Media had to ask Indira Ji before publishing something. So, what the youngster Shehzad is saying is not unusual it is the Congress culture," he says.

Dec 03, 2017 03:09 PM IST

Modi says, "A few days back in Navsari I had said there are 3 polls whose results are certain- the UP local polls, Gujarat polls where I said BJP will win and the INC President election where one family will win. We saw what happened in UP."

Dec 03, 2017 03:03 PM IST


Dec 03, 2017 02:54 PM IST

PM Modi arrives in Surendranagar and takes the stage.

Dec 03, 2017 02:51 PM IST

Ahead of Modi's arrival, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani addresses the rally.

He says, "Development and Modi are synonymous with each other. Gujarat is a role model of development. Modi is a development man. Development is on the mind of the people and for this Modi has come to the fore."

Dec 03, 2017 02:23 PM IST

Rahul's question of the day for Modi

Meanwhile, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi posed his fifth question to PM Modi in the run up to the Gujarat polls, raising concerns over safety, health, education and crimes against women the state. Gandhi said, “No security, nutrition and education was provided to the women. The only thing which took place was their exploitation.”

In the last four days, Gandhi has questioned Modi on Gujarat's expenditure on education, spending public money on purchasing power at higher rates, “financial mismanagement” and the state's debt, and his promise of 50 lakh new houses for Gujaratis.

Dec 03, 2017 02:01 PM IST

PM Modi's rally in Bharuch ends. He is expected to speak at Surendranagar next.

Dec 03, 2017 01:54 PM IST

Modi says, "Due to the BJP goverment's work, the state's milk production increased three-fold. Gujarat is also number one in the fishing industry today."

The prime minister says the BJP government in Gujarat has done its best to give land rights to tribals.

Dec 03, 2017 01:51 PM IST

Modi says, "Seventy years have passed in dynasty politics. Now the country is moving forward and the Congress cannot stop it."

Dec 03, 2017 01:44 PM IST

Modi says, "The day when the statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel will be ready, it will be the tallest statue in the world. Just as the world goes to see the Statue of Liberty, people will flock to see the Statue of Unity in two years and Bharuch's tourism will grow."

Dec 03, 2017 01:37 PM IST

Modi takes aim at Congress

The PM says, "My problem with Congress politics is simple - they oppose us just for the sake of opposing. They oppose things like bullet train only because they could not take this initiative forward and are envious someone else is."

"Do you remember the poor law and order situation in Bharuch when Congress was in power? Curfews and violence was common here. BJP changed this, not only in Bharuch but all over Gujarat," he says.

Dec 03, 2017 01:35 PM IST

Modi says that because of the work done by BJP, Dahaj port is known worldwide.

Dec 03, 2017 01:30 PM IST

Modi says, "When there were floods in Banaskantha, Congress leaders were in Bengaluru to save one leader from losing a Rajya Sabha poll. That same leader is the topmost Congress leader but what did he do for Bharuch. He was unable to work for Narmada, neither did he think about Ghogha-Dahej ro-ro ferry."

Dec 03, 2017 01:24 PM IST

Modi: Bharuch and Kutch are districts with significant Muslim populations. And, if you see the districts which developed rapidly under the BJP tenure in Gujarat, the names of these two districts figure prominently.