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Modi hits out at Congress, says development will prevail over dynastic politics

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the "Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan" organised by the Bharatiya Janata party near Gandhinagar, on October 16, 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hit out at the opposition Congress, saying that the coming elections to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly were about "Vikasvaad" (development) versus "Vanshvaad" (dynastic politics) in which the former would prevail.
 
"I am sure Vanshvaad will be defeated," he said at the "Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan" near Gandhinagar, a gathering of thousands of workers of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the culmination of two fortnight-long marches through almost all Assembly constituencies across the state.
 
"On one side there are those who believe in dynastic politics but on the other side, we believe in the path shown by our founders," Mr. Modi said, referring to the oft-repeated allegation against the Congress of practising dynastic politics.
 
"For Congress what matters most is power and dynastic politics," he said, and went on to accuse it of corruption, neglecting development of the country, delaying important projects and spreading lies and pessimism.
 
He said the Congress was jealous of the people of Gujarat and had always treated the state like a "thorn" in its side and with a negative approach towards its development. He said history had seen what they had done to Sardar Patel and Morarji Desai.
 
Mr. Modi challenged the Congress to fight the coming elections, expected to be  held in the next few weeks, on the plank of development instead of "trying to manipulate the people".
 
He wondered why the party had lost so many of its legislators ahead ofthe elections. 
 
Mr. Modi described  the Congress was a 'zamanati' party, or 'one out on bail', a veiled reference to the National Herald case in which Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi have got bail.
 
He regretted that the Congress, which had given so many Prime Ministers and Chief Ministers, focussed now on "spreading lies" and "creating an atmosphere of pessimism".
 
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, BJP President Amit Shah and several other leaders of the party were present on the occasion.
 
Mr. Modi said the Congress had always had a negative approach towards development of Gujarat and had not even completed the Sardar Sarovar Project. "The Congress let the waters of the Narmada flow into the sea, but did not allow it to be used by Gujarat," he said.
 
 "Those questioning us on development of Gujarat must recall what their contribution has been for the state's progress," he said.
 
"The Congress party always backs the corrupt and corruption. They blamed us in every possible manner. But when they saw there was no impact on us, they started blaming our development works," he said.
 
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He said the Government was actively working to address all issues related to the Goods and Service Tax (GST) and thousands of new businessmen are registering for it. Referring to the Congress' criticism of the government's implementation of GST, he said the Congress was an "equal partner" in GST decisions. "They should not spread lies on GST," he said.
 
Referring to the government's drive against corruption and black money, he said licenses of more than two lakh companies had been cancelled, but there was no hue and cry in the country. "We have seen companies where a single company had 2000 bank accounts and cancelled their licenses," he said.
 
"For us it is ‘Dal se bada Desh' (Country is bigger than the party). For us India comes first," he said.
 
Among other things, he said he would return to the state soon to inaugurate the Dahej-Ghogha Ro-Ro Ferry Service across the Gulf of Cambay that would cut the travel time between South Gujarat and Saurashtra by several hours. 
 
Describing it as his "dream", he said he would inaugurate the first phase of the proejct on October 22. Initially, it will cater to passengers and later trucks and other vehicles would be allowed on the ferries. The distance between Dahej and Ghogha, which is about 360 km by road, will be reduced to 32 km by ferry.
 
Mr. Modi praised the grassroot workers of the party for their hard work and appreciated Mr. Shah for taking the BJP to new heights.
 
In the past few weeks, the Prime Minister has been regularly visiting the poll-bound state.
 
The Election Commission is yet to announce the dates for the elections in Gujarat, but Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti, who announced the schedule for elections in Himachal Pradesh on October 12, told newspersons that day that they would be held before December 18.
 
"Polling in Gujarat will take place before December 18 so that in no way the results of Himachal can affect the voting in Gujarat. We will, in a few days, announce the dates for Gujarat elections, but I can say for sure that voting in Gujarat will happen before December 18," he said.
 
The Commission's decision to not announce the election dates for Gujarat along with the poll schedule for Himachal Pradesh has invited strong criticism from the opposition Congress, which alleged that the BJP would use the interim period to announce sops for the people in Gujarat.
 
Earlier this month, on October 7-8, Mr. Modi had paid a two-day visit to Gujarat, during which he travelled to Dwarka, his home town of Vadnagar, Chotila, Gandhinagar and Bharuch, among other places, and launched several development projects in the state. He also addressed a series of public meetings.
 
Before that, Mr. Modi had paid a visit to the state on September 17, when he had dedicated the Sardar Sarovar Dam, built on the Narmada, to the nation at Kevadia. He also visited Amreli, where he inaugurated a new market yard of the APMC and new plants of the Amar Dairy.
 
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