Bearing the blistering heat, thousands and thousands of people came out to extend their support to the Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra as it covered parts of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Mehsana Districts. Shri Narendra Modi addressed mammoth public meetings in Nikol (Ahmedabad District), Dahegam, Mansa (Gandhinagar District), Gozaria (Mehsana District) and Kalol.
Shri Modi took on the UPA on a series of issues and asked the Prime Minister to compete on the issue of development and then let the people see who is performing better!
The Chief Minister said that Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi came to Rajkot and said that there is no development in Gujarat. She further said that whatever development did happen is due to the Congress rule. Shri Modi expressed surprise at this and remarked that he fears that on her visit to Ahmedabad, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi will say that it was Ahmed Bhai (referring to Mr. Ahmed Patel) who set up Ahmedabad! Shri Modi stated that Mrs. Sonia Gandhi is unaware that this development in Gujarat is due to its 6 crore people.
Shri Modi came down heavily on the Congress and the Centre for obstructing the Gujarat Government’s efforts to give pipeline gas to the people. He said that Congress keeps giving examples of 3 cylinders cap, here Gujarat can save 3.5 crore cylinders but the anti-Gujarat Government in Delhi issues an order preventing the Gujarat Government to continue their initiative of giving piped gas. Shri Modi said that not only are they enemies of the nation but also enemies of the poor. He affirmed that Mrs. Sonia Gandhi is clearly unaware of the development journey of Gujarat.
Putting a direct challenge to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Shri Modi asked the PM to compete with Gujarat on issue of development. “You build roads, I also build roads, you build canals and I also do the same, you build hospitals and I build hospitals too. Let the people see it… whoever has done a better job, people will accept him,” he said, adding “…but they don’t want to have a competition for development with me. They only want to do sloganeering,”
Shri Modi categorically said that gone are the days when the Delhi Sultanate can take Gujarat for a ride!
He remarked that for the last 8 years there has been no good news coming from Delhi. Shri Modi stated that what Gujarat wants is peace, unity and brotherhood. He came down heavily on the UPA for the coal scam as well.
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