PM Modi roadshow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a mega roadshow spanning across 16 assembly constituencies targeting the second phase of Gujarat assembly elections scheduled to be held on December 5. PM Modi's roadshow will cover over 50 kms in nearly three hours.
The roadshow that started from Naroda Gam will conclude at Gandhinagar South constituency. During the mega event, PM Modi made at least 35 stops at the memorials of prominent personalities including Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on the way.
PM Modi covered Thakkarbapanagar, Bapunagar, Nikol, Amraiwadi, Maninagar, Danilimbda, Jamalpur Khadia, Elisbridge, Vejalpur, Ghatlodia, Naranpur, Sabarmati constituency during one of the longest roadshows ever. Incumbent Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel is contesting from Ghatlodia seat.
Earlier in the day while addressing a rally at Kalol in Panchmahal district, PM Modi said he respected Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, but it was the opposition party's "high command" which compelled Kharge to use such jibes.
Voting for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections in 89 seats was held on Thursday, while that in the remaining 93 seats including 16 of Ahmedabad city will take place on December 5.
Kharge, at a rally in Ahmedabad city on Monday, had said the prime minister asks people to vote "looking at his face" in all elections. "Are you 100-headed like Ravan," he had said.
On Thursday, PM Modi said, "I respect Kharge ji, but he has to follow orders of the party high command. He was compelled to say that Modi has 100 heads like (demon king) Ravan. " "But the Congress did not realise that Gujarat is the land of Ram Bhakts. Those who never believed in the existence of Lord Ram, have now brought in Ravan from Ramayana just to abuse me," the PM added.
The BJP, which won 99 seats in 2017 assembly elections, is eyeing to a record seventh term in Gujarat this time. This time, the party under the leadership of PM Modi, Amit Shah and state party unit president CR Patil is aiming at winning 140 seats in 182-seat Gujarat assembly.
The results of the polls will be declared on December 8.