Now, Keshubhai will embark on month-long tour

After holding a series of public rallies in various parts of the poll-bound state, Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) president Keshubhai Patel has now decided to take out a month-long yatra from September 27.

The former chief minister announced on Wednesday that his state tour

would begin from Jalaram Mandir at Virpur in Junagadh district.

Patel told mediapersons that he would cover Amreli, Rajkot, Junagadh, Jamnagar and Porbandar districts in the first of the yatra, and Kutch, Surendranagar and Bhavnagar in the second phase.

Third and forth phases will cover north Gujarat and south Gujarat districts respectively. Covering the central Gujarat districts, including Vadodara, Panchmahals and Anand, the yatra will conclude with a big public meeting in Ahmedabad on October 27.

Alleging that the Narendra Modi government had neglected the rural areas, Patel and his party colleagues Suresh Mehta and Gordhan Zadaphia said that if voted to power, the GPP would provide free domestic power supply to 3.47 crore villages and 47 lakh farmers, give 50 per cent relief on irrigation water supply and two saris per year to women from BPL families.

The party also announced to give 110-sq metre residential plots free of cost to homeless families in rural areas under 'Maru Ghar' scheme and a loan of Rs 1 lakh for building the house. The loan would be recovered in instalments over a period of 15 years.

They said their government would also provided Rs 25,000 as margin money required for seeking banking loan for constructing a house.

GPP leaders also announced that they would ask every village panchayat to store foodgrains to be given to the poor and backward people in times of need to prevent starvation death.

No tickets to those who lost Assembly polls twice: Cong

Congress on Wednesday decided not to give tickets to candidates who lost Assembly elections twice earlier in Gujarat or those who lost the last Assembly elections by margins of more than 15,000 votes, party sources said.

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