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Development will trounce dynasty: PM Modi in Gujarat

By Deepika

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday challenged the Congress to fight the elections on the plank of development, instead of "trying to manipulate the people."

PM is addressing the Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan in Gandhinagar. Photo credit: ANI

The prime minister was addressing the Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan in Gandhinagar, capital of the poll-bound Gujarat.

Mounting a fierce attack on the Congress, PM Modi said, the Congress party has always had a negative approach towards development of Gujarat. They did not even complete Sardar Sarovar project, he said. The (Congress) party that gave so many leaders to the nation now focus only on spreading lies. They create an atmosphere of pessimism, he added.

"Congress has never fought an election on development plank. They are scared a developed society won't vote for them. So, they mislead people, divide the society into communal and caste lines and get through the election," the prime minister said. They mislead people. They divide them into caste lines. They could never muster the courage to fight elections on the development agenda, he said. I dare the Congress to fight with us on development agenda, he said.

On one side, there is a party that has been moulded by dynasty, and on the other side, is a party of workers with strong ideas and ideals, says PM Modi. Modi attacks Congress for their treatment of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. "That is mentioned in the history books. Congress wasn't kind to them," he said. Development' will defeat 'dynastic politics', the PM said.

The Prime Minister heaped praise on the BJP chief saying that "Amit Shah was responsible for the BJP's many and continued wins in state elections, including the mega victory in Uttar Pradesh earlier this year, and he would continue to lead the party to success in the Gujarat elections, also ensuring a BJP return at the Centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections."

The BJP, which has been in power in Gujarat for two decades, hopes to win a record fifth time this year. Party chief Amit Shah has set it a target of winning 150 of Gujarat's 182 Assembly seats, he added.

Defending GST, Modi said that tax-related issues are not decided by him or the central government. "All states are represented there. So Congress should not spread misinformation. Congress too is a part of the decision-making process," he said.

Addressing the traders Modi said that "all issues related to the GST will be resolved soon. "From day one, I've said we will review GST after three months and we made changes. If there are still hurdles, we will try and resolve them too. I am confident that our traders will understand," he said Modi. "I am assuring traders. This is my promise," he added.

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