Earlier on Thursday, PM Modi addressed a rally in Surat, where he attacked Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar for calling him “neech” and said by this he has insulted all the Gujaratis who will give a befitting reply to the Congress by voting for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the assembly elections.
According to sources PM Modi addressed the first rally at Bhabhar in Banaskantha district at around 11.30 am. In the course of the campaign, while Modi called himself “son of the soil” and listed his government’s achievements, a wary Congress distanced itself from Kapil Sibal’s comments in SC on the Ayodhya issue.
Previously in the first phase, BJP has fielded Patidars on 31 seats and Congress on 27. While BJP believes the Patidar agitation will help them consolidate votes of other communities, Congress feels getting around 30 seats in Saurashtra will strengthen their position.