Elect as you please, but don't ignore our achievements: Modi

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Visavadar, Gujarat, Dec 1 (UNI) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today appealed the people to vote for the ruling party after considering its achievements in the last five years.

''You are free to elect any party. But before you do it think properly and compare the achievements of my government and those of the other party, said Mr Modi while addressing a crowd of about 5,000 at a public rally at the Gaushala maidan, 43 km from here.

Mr Modi said he had come here earlier in 2002. And now after five years he was again addressing the people of Visavadar.

''I appeal to you that you vote for my party only if you feel that my government has some achievements to its credit in the last five years, he told the crowd.

Coming down heavily on the UPA government, he said everyone knows about Lord Rama. But the UPA government had in an affidavit said the Lord Rama never existed. This was why the rulers in Delhi talk about destroying the Ram Setu bridge, he alleged.

''The Congress calls me a terrorist. It says I killed Sohrabuddin. What is wrong in it?'' Mr Modi asked and said ''in my state, I want no terrorists to roam free or perpetrate any atrocity.

In contrast, in Congress-ruled states, there are so many anti-social dadas who create terror among the people.'' ''Before I took over, Porbandar was notorious. There was Sarman Munja (Santokben's husband). In Ahmedabad, there was Latif. In Kutch, it was Ibhla Seth. After I came to power, all these men were removed and the mafia was wiped out,'' claimed the Chief Minister and said these were the men who were ruling the roost in the earlier Congress regime.

''Congressmen cry hoarse on terrorism. If so, why is not Afzal Guru sent to gallows when the Supreme Court has ordered his execution? Mr Modi queried. Protecting Afzal is not fair when he had attacked the country's supreme body, the Parliament,'' he said.

Visvadar constituency is where the former chief minister Keshubhai Patel had won twice -- in 1995 and 1998. The seat was won in 2002 by the BJP when its candidate Kanubhai Bhalala was elected from here. In this year's elections, Kanubhai is trying to retain the seat against the Congress candidate Harshad Ribadiya, a newcomer.

UNI

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