Modi rakes up Indira Gandhi's Morbi visit to attack Congress

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. PTI file

The Gandhi scion is questioning the Prime Minister and BJP on its 22-year-rule in the state and questioning it on development claims, promises made in 2012 state elections.

On Wednesday, as Modi hit the campaign trail in Morbi, situated in the state's Saurashtra region, he shed the baggage of civility that burdens the shoulders of a Prime Minister and took on his previous avatar - that of the shrill BJP campaigner and political street-fighter.

Meanwhile, Somnath temple authorities said that Rahul did not sign the register maintained for non-Hindus during his visit to the temple in the poll-bound state.

"The signature of which is being talked of is different, neither it is the signature of Rahul Gandhi nor was this register ever given to him".

Gujarat votes in two phases on December 9 and 14 for the 182-member Assembly. The second reason being, the Rafale deal. "They have not even spared the farm equipment and imposed GST on it".

The prime minister further alleged that the work of Congress while in power was mere pretentiousness. Referring to the Rafale deal, he said: "I asked Modiji three questions (on the Rafale deal)".

He said on one side there are Gujaratis who are walking the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi, a "fakir" (an ascetic), and on the other, "there are descendants of another Gandhi, who belong to a royal family". "Why was the contract given to a private industrialist friend instead of Hindustan Aeronautics limited (HAL)?"

In a dig at Mr Gandhi over his visit to the Somnath Temple, Mr Modi said "our first PM (Jawaharlal Nehru) was not happy with the idea of a temple being built there", and added: "If there was no Sardar Patel, the temple in Somnath would never have been possible".

Bringing late PM Indira Gandhi into the campaign, Mr Modi recalled the Macchu dam flood tragedy of 1979 in Morbi and said: "I remember Indira Gandhi had come here and Chitralekha (a local language magazine) had printed her photo with a handkerchief over her nose, trying to avoid the stench, while another photo on the same front page had RSS workers carrying dead bodies".

Despite thousands of crores being put into the Fasal Bima Yojna, how many are actually compensated when calamity strikes, asks Rahul Gandhi in Lathi.

As part of his campaign, Rahul Gandhi met a traders' delegation in Amreli to discuss issues and difficulties faced by them.

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