Modi says it loud and clear: It’s Congress vs CM

Narendra Modi

In Veraval: Offers prayer at Somnath temple as second leg of his campaign begins

Launching the second round of his campaign for the assembly polls after offering prayer at the Somnath temple on Saturday, Chief Minister Narendra Modi reiterated that this election is a straight contest between the Congress and him, and not the BJP.

"This election is not limited to electing Govidbhai (BJP candidate) in Talala and Rajshi (BJP candidate) in Veraval. What kind of government you want in Gujarat is more important than who becomes your MLA. It is about deciding in whose hand Gujarat is safe and who can be trusted," Modi said at his first public rally after filing his nomination papers for Maninagar in Ahmedabad a day ago.

Addressing a crowd comprising fishermen from Veraval and Somnath that forms Veraval constituency, Modi said, "Do you trust unknown hands controlling your boat? When you do not wish someone unknown to take charge of your small boat then how can you allow Gujarat going in the hands of strangers?"

"Vote for the one you know for 11 years. I am a labourer who has not taken a break for an hour in past 11 years in order to work for the development of Gujarat. My government not only works for you but it is also committed to ensure a bright future for your next two generations," he added.

In his 45-minute speech, Modi twice emphasised that people should vote for him rather than candidates, indicating he is aiming to hit two birds with one stone — overcoming the anti-incumbency wave as he has repeated most of the sitting MLAs and defeating Keshubhai Patel who has been calling his newly floated GPP the "real" BJP.

Earlier in the day at Somnath temple, Modi said the Congress "will taste its worst defeat of the past 50 years''. He continued his attack on the party as a large part of his speech was reply to various Congress advertisements. "Congress has alleged that education is most expensive in Gujarat. Engineering courses in government colleges of Maharashtra costs a student Rs 25,000, Rs 45,000 in Rajasthan and Rs 40,000 in Haryana. But in Gujarat, it costs only Rs 1,500."

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