PM 'bows' to people of Gujarat ahead of visit

R Roshan Baig

The Congress has accused the BJP and the government of "putting pressure" on the Election Commission to not announce simultaneous polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

This is the Prime Minister's fourth visit to Gujarat in a month and the eighth this year, during which he made a slew of announcements and attended a series of foundation-stone laying ceremonies of ambitious projects.

The prime minister will address the "Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan" being organised by BJP's state unit to celebrate the conclusion of 'Gujarat Gaurav Yatra (march for Gujarat's honour)'. The second chariot began its journey from Mahatma Gandhi's birthplace of Porbandar on 2 October, and travelled a distance of 2395 kilometres covering 73 assembly seats in Saurashtra and south Gujarat.

"Gujarat Gaurav Yatras covered nearly 4500 kms and 149 Assembly seats".

The Prime Minister also took to Twitter and reiterated that he will do everything in the best interest of the people of Gujarat. Around seven lakh BJP workers are expected to attend the rally. The EC is yet to announce the dates for assembly elections in Gujarat, but Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti had said that the polls will be held before December 18.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, BJP national president Amit Shah and many other leaders of the party would be present, he added. Catch live updates on PM Modi's Gujarat rally here.

Modi also visited his native place Vadnagar on October 8 for the first time after becoming the Prime Minister.

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