Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today indicated he will seek re-election from Maninagar Assembly constituency and asked BJP workers to work hard to ensure he wins the seat with a record margin.
"Let's have a competition between you (workers) and me. Let's see who comes out on top - you get me elected with maximum margin here or I get maximum seats out of 182 in the state. You worry only about one and I will worry about all other constituencies," he said at a gathering of party workers in his constituency.
In 2007 election, Modi had won Maninagar, which falls in Ahmedabad city, by around 75,000 votes defeating Dinsha Patel of Congress.
BJP is yet to declare its list of candidates for the assembly election to be held on December 13 and 17.
At the meet, Modi hit out at Congress and the party-led UPA government at the Centre.
"Congress has created a dirty tricks department whose main work is to indulge in character assassination, publish dirty literature about opponents and spread dirt during elections," the BJP stalwart alleged.
"Congress has allotted budget running into crores to this department, which is part of a conspiracy to blacken democracy. This might give them some sadistic pleasure but it will tarnish the democratic tradition of Gujarat."
"They were boasting about overthrowing my government by using Article 356 (President's Rule); what happened to it? I am standing right here, my government is here. They just want to crush Gujarat," Modi said.
"We enacted a law (Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Act) to protect the people from terrorism. Our assembly passed it five times but Delhi rejected it. Should we have no right to protect our people? Should we let people die of terrorism?" the Chief Minister asked.
"There are sharp differences between BJP and Congress. They allege that my
government has not completed two works out of ten. Whereas UPA is being asked
where has Rs 1.76 lakh crore (2G scam estimated notional loss) gone?," Modi
"The people of Gujarat have rejected them (Congress) not once but five times.
Still, they come begging for votes. Do they not get the point that people will
not vote for them?" the BJP leader said.
The Chief Minister made light of corruption allegations levelled against him by
"Congress' lies have no end. They first accused me of having 250 kurtas.
Realising that the figure was too low, they went ahead and made corruption
allegations of Rs 4,000 crore, then Rs 10,000 crore. Their latest figure has
reached Rs 1 lakh crore," Modi stated.
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