Dediapada: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his repeated visits to pollbound Gujarat, saying the PM was campaigning in every street of the state. Addressing a public rally for the Congress at Dediapada in Gujarat on Sunday, Gehlot said, “PM Modi is having to campaign in every street of Gujarat as the BJP government did nothing for the people of the state. No inquiry was conducted into the Morbi bridge collapse incident, which left 135 persons dead.

If you elect the Congress, the BJP will be forced to introspect on its failures.” “What is the need for PM Modi to visit Gujarat repeatedly? Isn’t his name enough to attract votes? The reason for his frequent visits here is that the BJP is scared. I have been told that there are nearly 30-35 rebels inside the BJP (in Gujarat). Such is the extent of anger within the party,” Gehlot said. The senior Congress leader further claimed that there is ‘massive anti-incumbency’ in Gujarat and people should turn out in numbers to vote the Congress to power. He said that through Bharat Jodo Yatra, Rahul Gandhi wants to convey this message to the common people that inflation should come down in the country, unemployment should end and peace should be maintained. AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge, who was also present at the rally in Dediapada, cornered the BJP, saying, “Modi and Shah have been asking what the Congress did in more than 50 years in power (at the Centre). If the Congress had not worked all these years, we would not have had a democracy today.”

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