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Rahul issues ‘weather report’ for Gujarat, forecasts ‘jumlon ki baarish’ ahead of election

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s dig comes in the wake of speculation that the prime minister Narendra Modi may announce a host of sops for poll-bound Gujarat.

india Updated: Oct 17, 2017 10:39 IST
Press Trust of India
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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi waves at crowd during a public meeting in Jamnagar, Gujarat on Tuesday. (PTI File Photo)

Rhetoric will rain down on Gujarat, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said in a “weather report” ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to his home state on Monday.

Gandhi’s dig comes in the wake of speculation that the prime minister may announce a host of sops for poll-bound Gujarat.

“Weather report: Ahead of elections, Gujarat will today have rain of rhetoric,” he said on Twitter, using the phrase “jumlon ki baarish” in his Hindi tweet.

The Congress vice president also tagged a Hindustan Times report headlined “As Gujarat waits for poll date, state gets projects worth nearly Rs 12,500 crore” with his tweet.

The Congress has accused the BJP and the government of “putting pressure” on the Election Commission to not announce simultaneous polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

Read more: How BJP-led Gujarat govt prepares to make the most of delay in assembly polls

The Congress has alleged that if the Election Commission had announced assembly elections in Gujarat along with Himachal Pradesh, the model code of conduct would come into force with immediate effect, leaving no scope for the BJP to announce any sops for people in Gujarat.

Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held on November 9 and results announced on December 18. The Gujarat elections have not been announced yet, though chief election commissioner AK Joti has said they will be held before December 18.

First Published: Oct 16, 2017 14:06 IST