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No one has right to point finger at EC: Prime Minister Modi on delay of Gujarat poll dates

The PM had addressed BJP workers at a rally in Gandhinagar on October 16 and on October 8, he had visited his home town Vadnagar and also inaugurated and laid foundation stone of various projects.

Published: 22nd October 2017 08:56 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd October 2017 08:56 PM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File Photo)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at the opposition, mainly Congress, saying it had no right to criticise the Election Commission for delaying the Gujarat poll dates.

“Some people have stomach ache why I have come to Vadodara on Diwali. They can’t say anything to me but pressure the Election Commission. But I want to tell them that they have no right to point a finger at EC,” the PM said at a rally in Vadodara, Gujarat.

The PM started India’s first world-class “roll-on-roll-off” ferry service between Ghogha in Saurashtra and Dahej in south Gujarat worth Rs 615 crore and laid foundation stone for housing, transport and water supply projects over Rs 1,140 crore in Vadodara and even conducted a road show there.

This was the PM’s third visit to his home state this month where the BJP is investing huge resources to retain power in the coming assembly elections.

The PM had addressed BJP workers at a rally in Gandhinagar on October 16 and on October 8, he had visited his home town Vadnagar and also inaugurated and laid foundation stone of various projects in Rajkot, Vadnagar, Gandhinagar and Bharuch.

The Congress has been targeting both the PM and the Election Commission for delaying the announcement of poll dates in Gujarat saying this gives the BJP more time to inaugurate projects and welfare schemes.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is expected to attend a rally of OBC leaders in the state on October 23 where community leader Alpesh Thakor will join the party .

In Ghogha, the PM accused the previous UPA government of being hostile to development in Gujarat.

“When I was serving as CM, I faced hostility from the then Central Government. Efforts were made to stall industries and the state's growth. Over the last three years we have changed that and given importance to the development of Gujarat,” the PM said.

Talking about his dream project the PM said, “This is the first of its kind project not only in India but also in South-East Asia. This is also a unique project as the state government has used the latest technology to make this ferry service possible. Modi had laid the foundation stone for the project in January 2012, when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.

While the first phase would carry passengers vehicles would also be transported on the ferry service in the second phase, which will be ready in two months. The service reduces the distance between the two towns from 310 km by road to 30 km, which can be covered in one hour.

“The scale of development works being inaugurated in Vadodara today is unprecedented,” the PM said after inaugurating housing, transport and water supply projects in the city.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel accompanied the PM.
 



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