'Thief' knew what's good for Gujarat: Narendra Modi takes dig at Cong

Narendra Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today filed his nomination papers from Maninagar constituency in Ahmedabad for the Assembly elections.

Modi filed his nomination papers before Maninagar constituency returning officer P K Jadeja on the last day of filing of nominations at the district collector's office here.

Congress has fielded Shweta Bhatt, wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt against Modi.

While addressing party workers at Maninagar before filing his papers, Modi without taking any names, alleged that Congress had entered in backroom deal with Keshubhai Patel's Gujarat Parivartan Party by not fielding any candidate from Visavadar constituency, where Patel is contesting.

"They do not have the guts to say that they have an understanding with some other party, that they have made some arrangements behind the scene," Modi alleged.

Gujarat Congress candidate for Visavadar, Ratibhai Mangroliya, had claimed that his mandate - the document that certifies the candidate officially represents the party - was allegedly "stolen" by a 12-year-old while he was on his way to file his nomination papers.

"Congress workers were shedding tears that their mandate was stolen by a 12-year-old boy in Visavadar.

The 12-year-old boy knew what is good for Gujarat," Modi said ridiculing Congress's claim.

"Why are they not declaring that they have decided to make Ahmed Patel the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Why all these games behind the scenes.

They should declare all these things," Modi said, targeting the political secretary of Congress president Sonia Gandhi for backroom deals.

Modi, seeking a fourth consecutive term, attacked Congress, saying the Opposition party was "spreading lies" about Gujarat by issuing wrong advertisements.

"Congress leaders are editing speeches of their senior national leaders so as not to give Modi a chance to attack the party.

"When you speak from your heart, you don't need to write speeches.

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