Srinagar: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-day visit to Gujarat, BJP leaders and party members on Sunday will fan out to the 182 constituencies and tune in to the Prime Minister’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ over piping hot cups of chai along with the people of the state.
Billed as ‘Man Ki Baat, Chai Ke Saath’, as many as 199 party leaders will listen to the program at all 50,128 polling booths across the state on Sunday. The event comes days after a meme tweeted by the Youth Congress mocked the prime minister over his background.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to boost the BJP campaign during his three-day visit to his home state, starting tomorrow. Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj are also going to campaign in the state.
Gujarat will be voting in two phases – on December 9 and December 14 — for 182 seats in the House. The counting will be done on December 18.
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ANI reported that while lashing out at Pakistan over Hafeez Saeed’s release, BJP leader and India’s finance minister, Arun Jaitley, in Surat said, “Agar unhone (Pakistan) aaj ke kand (26/11 attack) se 2 din pehle us apradhi (Hafiz saeed) ki rihayi ki hai, to puri duniya ek aawaz me bol rhi hai, ki aisa desh jo aatank ka samarthan karta hai, uske liye puri duniya ke parivaar me koi jagah nahi ha.”(As Pakistan released Saeed two days before the 26/11 Mumbai attack anniversary, the entire world is telling that there is no space for a country that supports terrorism).
Appreciating PM Modi, the Bollywood actor and BJP MP, Paresh Rawal said, “No objection if you visit temples but if you want to copy Narendra Modi, you must also bow your head at the steps of Parliament building. Before casting your vote, you pray to your patron god and goddesses and think if you want your son to like Narendra Modi or like Rahul Gandhi”
“PM Modi doesn’t need a Bollywood star, he himself is a superstar. I liked BJP’s diehard commitment to nationalism and therefore took a plunge in politics in 2007,” Rawal said.
Taking a dig at the Congress Hardik Patel alliance, he said, “In 1980, Congress slogan was Indira lao, desh bachao, when Sonia Gandhi came it was changed to Soniaji lao, Congress bachao, and now in 2017, it has again changed to Hardik, Alpesh Thakor lao, Congress bachao. But BJP has stuck to the issue of development in all elections since 2007. It will be a sin to vote for those who are seeking to divide communities on caste lines.”