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Rahul slams PM Modi over Gujarat development model, eyes Patidar vote bank

Congress is hoping to get the support of this decisive vote bank during the polls due later this year

Press Trust of India  |  Jamnagar (Gujarat) 

Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi meeting the supporters during his visit to Dwarka in Gujarat on Monday | PTI Photo

Eyeing the support of the influential Patel community, vice-president on Tuesday hit the campaign trail in the Patidar-dominated areas of poll-bound

Some members of the Students Union of India (NSUI), the party's student wing, greeted him as he left Jamnagar for Rajkot this morning.

The leader urged the members to work hard to bring the party to power in

Taking a dig at governments in the state and at the Centre, said if the was voted to power, his party's government would function from and not on orders from Delhi.

On his way, at Falla village in Jamnagar, locals welcomed him by raising the slogan 'Jai Patidar, Jai Sardar'. People were also seen wearing caps with the same slogan.

Gandhi, who is on the second day of his three-day tour of Gujarat, is slated to visit several villages and towns, such as Dhrol and Tankara that have a sizable Patel population.

The is hoping to get the support of this decisive vote bank during the polls due later this year.

Yesterday, on the first day of his visit to the state, was greeted by Hardik Patel, leader of the Patel quota agitation.

"A warm welcome to vice-president in Gujarat," Patel tweeted in Hindi yesterday when landed at Dwarka.

Patel had earlier hinted that he may consider supporting the in the Assembly polls to achieve the goal of reservation to the Patel community under OBC quota.

had attacked Prime Minister over issues like note ban, GST, and 'model' of development, during his campaign from Dwarka to Jamnagar yesterday.

He also expressed confidence about winning the upcoming Assembly elections, claiming that there was a strong undercurrent in favour of the in and the people regretted having voted for the

First Published: Tue, September 26 2017. 15:11 IST