Amit Shah invokes 'fake' Gujarati pride after 'development gone crazy'

While one tour route will be led by Gujarat's deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, the other will be led by BJP's Gujarat chief Jitubhai Vaghani. The assembly elections in Gujarat will be conducted in December, so there's just around 2 months left to complete the campaigning. The primary itinerary shows that Modi will also visit Rajkot to lay the foundation stone for International Airport at the city before moving to South Gujarat for another infrastructure project for Bhaddbhut weir in Bharuch District.

Around four-five people in the crowd tried to raise slogans in support of the demand for reservation for the politically influential Patel community in government jobs and educational institutions but were whisked away by police.

As the state assembly polls get closer, the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress are throwing their weight for the campaigning even as the Election Commission of India (EC) is likely to announce the poll dates in a week or so.

Launching the yatra from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's native place Karamsad in Gujarat, Shah said, "The BJP today launches Gujarat Gaurav Yatra from the same land of Sardar Patel from where he raised the voice of the farmers and started the work to unify the country". Through the campaign 'Development Gone Crazy, ' the BJP's rival, mainly Congress party, has sought to highlight the state's abysmal performance on development front. He compared the situation in Gujarat in 1995, when the BJP wrested power from the Congress, to what the state achieved till 2017 in power generation, farm production, education, police modernisation and road construction. Rahul Gandhi had talked ill about the current government in Gujarat and had said that the Gujarat Model has failed. After Modi became the prime minister, he gave approval for raising the height of the dam, the BJP president said. "I want to remind them that the Modi government approved an AIIMS for Gujarat, an worldwide airport for Rajkot, approval to raise the height of the Narmada dam and allocation of homes to six lakh urban poor", Mr Shah said, adding that the Congress vice president seemed to have missed all this. Shah invoked Sardar Patel to launch an all-out attack on the Congress. The two-day state executive committee is slated to be held at Mangal Talab (Patna City) on October 6 and 7.

  • Jon Douglas