NCP may join Congress-led anti-BJP front for Gujarat elections

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed on stage at the public meeting in Ghogha in Gujarat on Sunday. Credit PTI

He then quoted Thakor and said, "He is saying 2017, BJP ko khatra". "It is odd that there are movements across the state".

Targeting the youth, Rahul said people of all segments in Gujarat were angry with Modi and won't sit quiet this time as the BJP government worked only for a few corporates and not the people in the past 19 years.

"Should employment go to China or come to India? But only 450 people get jobs". "Now all sections of Gujarati society are participating in movements against the current dispensation", Gandhi said.

Raising the issue of unprecedented growth of a company belonging to BJP president Amit Shah's son Jay, he claimed that the BJP-led NDA Government's "Make-in-India" failed and Start-up initiatives failed, but only one company made Rs 80 crore from a petty investment of Rs 50,000 in a short span. Earlier in the day, Gandhi tweeted to say that Gujarat is priceless and can never be bought.

Following the footsteps of former Gujarat chief minister and Congress leader Madhavsinh Solanki, who brought electoral laurels for the party through his KHAM (Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivasi and Muslim) formula, the grand old party is yet again creating a rainbow coalition of different castes to wrest control of the state from BJP which has been in power for the last 22 years.

He further accused that Prime Minister Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were insecure and anxious.

Taking to Twitter, former finance minister P Chidambaram had sarcastically written that the EC had "authorised" Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the dates at his last rally, after all "freebies" for the state were doled out.

"Today's rally is a morale boost for Rahul Gandhi and the Congress".

Meanwhile, OBC leader Alpesh Thakore during his speech said that he made a decision to join the Congress only after seeing the plight of 25 lakh OBC families across the State.

With OBC's constituting 40% of the state population, their support is crucial to any party that hopes to wrest control of Gujarat. Savani, being hailed as the BJP's new Patidar leader, quit the party on Monday saying it did not keep its promise to accept the Patidar community's demands. Rarely in the past have they asserted their political prowess and are expected to do so in this election, which could be detrimental for BJP.

Meanwhile, Congress on Sunday also extended an invitation to Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to meet the Gandhi scion. His father is district president of the Congress. "Then again he appeared on television and said if I don't end the menace of black money by December 30 then hang me", the Congress leader remarked.

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