Priya Dutt, Scindia miss their date with tribals in Dahod, Godhra

In the tribal districts of Dahod and Panchmahals, neither of the two Congress MPs turned up at the scheduled public meetings on Saturday, leaving it all to the local leaders. Priya Dutt, MP from Mumbai and Jyotiraditya Scindia, MP from Guna, missed their meetings in Dahod and Godhra respectively.

Union Minister Dinsha Patel addressed the crowd, mainly of disappointed women, in Dahod and Congress's campaign committee chairman Shankersinh Vaghela spoke at Godhra in Panchmahal.

A huge crowd of women had gathered in Dahod to listen to Dutt. Godhra Congress MLA C K Raulji said Scindia was also planning to attend the meeting but had to return from Mumbai airport at the last moment due to some health-related issues.

However, the Gujarat Congress's website rans a link saying, "Priya Dutt attends massive public meet in Dahod." But, Vadodara city Congress president Narendra Ravat told The Indian Express, "She missed the flight from Mumbai because of traffic."

Trying his best to regale audience in Dahod, Patel attacked Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged insensitivity towards women, pointing out his recent remarks against Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda.

He was accompanied by the Dahod MP Prabhaben Taviad and Limkheda MLA Chandrikaben Baria, the only woman Congress MLA in the state.

"You (Modi) talk about somebody's wife, say something about her. You should also talk about your own history. Your nature is frivolous," he told the audience.

"(Modi) says that the Centre does not grant him enough fund for the people in Gujarat. He is lying. I'd like to present him a white paper on how much fund the Centre has given to the state and how much he has spent on his own on various schemes. Centre has given crores of rupees for the benefit of people here."

He recounted several schemes that he said were given by the Centre, but alleged they were being misappropriated by the Narendra Modi government. "The service of 108 (emergency ambulance) was brought by the Centre but Modi said the service was the gift of the state government to the Gujaratis..National Health Mission, PM Gram Sadak Yojana, Rashtriya Krushi Vikas Yojana, Minority Kalyan Yojana, among others are all Centre's programmes," he added.

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