Modi, Keshubhai address poll rallies in central Gujarat
While the former attended public rallies in Jhalod, Morva Hadaf, Padra, Khambhat and Anand, his bete noire, Patel, addressed rallies at Kalol, Santrampur, Fatepura and Chhota Udepur. It was for the first time that Patel reached out extensively in areas of central Gujarat to campaign for his party, which he floated in August after pulling out of the BJP.
At Kalol, Patel compared Modi with a dictator and raised issues like commercialisation of education, farmer suicides and injustice meted out to tribals. Meanwhile, at Padra, Modi continued to attack the UPA Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
He said the latter did not do her homework for the Gujarat polls properly and said the UPA government had given fewer funds to Gujarat. He said this in reply to Gandhi's charges that Gujarat was not utilising funds provided by the Centre.