Shah’s roadshow, being conducted in the run up to the Assembly polls likely in December, will cover central Gujarat on its first leg. 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.
Addressing the gathering, Shah accused the Congress of doing “injustice” to Gujarat, generation after generation, and said that in the upcoming Assembly election, the people of the state will make fun of those who “mock Gujarat’s development model”. “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,” he said.
Shah also enumerated various achievements of the BJP-led governments in the state. 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. “When Narendra Modi was the chief minister, he created a Gujarat development model which has today become a model for the entire country. This model is Gujarat’s pride,” he said.
He said Modi ensured 24X7 electricity, water through Narmada dam and investments through Vibrant Gujarat Summit. The “Sonia-Manmohan Singh” government, during the UPA’s 10-year rule, did “great” injustice to Gujarat by holding up the Narmada dam project, he alleged. After Modi became the prime minister, he gave approval for raising the height of the dam, the BJP president said.
“The gates (of the Narmada dam) are closed and water has started reaching Rajasthan,” he said.
Shah said Gujarat got an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), a bullet train, and several other projects after Narendra Modi became the prime minister. The second leg of the Gujarat Gaurav Yatra will be launched by Shah tomorrow from Porbandar, the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi. The yatra will continue till October 15. It will be held on two routes simultaneously. Prime Minister Modi and Shah will remain present at the concluding ceremony of the yatra, the place for which is yet to be decided.
(Source: Story by PTI)