Congress strategy is to divide people: PM Modi
Ahmedabad: Continuing his attack on the Congress party and its vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that it was their strategy to try and divide people along caste and community lines to gain power. Modi also said the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will win the Gujarat assembly elections.
Addressing a rally in Surendranagar, Modi spoke about Maharashtra Congress secretary Shehzad Poonawalla’s comment attacking Gandhi and the party’s senior leadership for allegedly “rigging” the party’s presidential poll process.
“Those who have no internal democracy can’t work for people. I want to tell youngster Shehzad (Poonawalla) that he has 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 Indiraji (late prime minister Indira Gandhi) before publishing something. So, what Shehzad is saying is not unusual, but it is the Congress culture,” Modi said.
Modi was to address about seven rallies on Sunday and Monday in various parts of Gujarat where the first phase of elections is due on 9 December.
“A few days back in Navsari, I had said there are three polls whose results are certain—the Uttar Pradesh local polls, Gujarat polls where I said BJP will win and the INC (Indian National Congress) president election where one family will win. We saw what happened in UP. In a few days, what I said about BJP winning Gujarat will also come true,” he told the gathering at Surendranagar.
Speaking at a public meeting in Bharuch earlier, Modi pointed out how the Congress was recently defeated badly in the UP civic body elections, the results of which were declared on Saturday.
“In Uttar Pradesh, where the Congress ruled for decades, the state from where generations of top Congress leaders belong...we saw what happened there in the local elections. Congress was wiped out. UP knows the Congress well and so does Gujarat,” he said.
Bharuch is considered to be a stronghold of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel. Modi’s rallies are centred on places where the BJP needs an extra push. The rallies are designed so that Modi can reach out to voters in three or four surrounding constituencies through every public meeting.