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As Gujarat polls draw Modi and Rahul Gandhi, Congress tries to play Hardik card

While Modi will inaugurate a slew of developmental projects before the model code of conduct kicks in, Rahul will undertake the third phase of his yatra during November 1-3.

Published: 22nd October 2017 07:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd October 2017 07:57 AM   |  A+A-

Hardik Patel (File | PTI)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: All roads lead to election-bound Gujarat in the coming days, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to visit his home state on Sunday for the third time this month and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi following suit a few days later.

While Modi will inaugurate a slew of developmental projects before the model code of conduct kicks in, Rahul will undertake the third phase of his yatra during November 1-3, Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said.

The PM will inaugurate the first phase of the Roll On, Roll Off (RORO) ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar district and Dahej in Bharuch, which would cut travel time between the two places from eight hours to just one hour.

He will also inaugurate a cattle-feed plant at Ghogha and travel to Vadodara, where he will inaugurate the city command centre, a regional water supply scheme and a new Bank of Baroda head office. He will also hand over houses built under the Indira Awas Yojana, besides laying foundation stones of other infrastructure projects.

Not to be left behind in the race for Gujarat, the Congress appealed to Patidar leader Hardik Patel to join forces with the party against the BJP. “I appeal to Hardik to support the Congress during the polls. We are also ready to give him a ticket if he wants to fight elections in the future,” Solanki said.

Congress managers claimed Hardik had agreed to lend tactical support to them without entering into a formal pact. Responding to the offer, Hardik said: “Although I believe we must unite against the BJP, this is not a BJP-Congress election. This is an election of six crore people of Gujarat.”

In another development, Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor met Rahul in Delhi on Saturday.



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