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Gujarat election result to haunt Rahul, Congress after UP civic poll: Shah

Gujarat elections result to haunt Rahul, Congress after UP civic poll: Amit Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Somnath 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah during
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah during “Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan” in Ahmedabad. Photo: PTI

chief on Friday said his party's victory in the mayoral polls was nothing compared to what was going to happen in on December 18, when the results would be declared. "In the municipal corporation election, the did not win a single seat. On the other hand, the flag has soared higher under the leadership of Prime Minister and (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath," he said, while addressing an rally at Somnath in Gir Somnath district. The bagged 14 of the 16 mayoral seats in today. "The has been shouting for the last three months that 'aave chhe' (is coming in Gujarat), while today, the people of said 'jae chhe' (is going)," he said. "The Congress' loss is such that the won all the municipal corporation seats even in (vice president) Rahul baba's (Gandhi's) Amethi constituency," he said, adding, "Whatever has happened in today is nothing compared to what is going to happen in on December 18.

After the (vote) counting on December 18, the will emerge victorious and form the government with 150 seats." Shah attacked the over the GDP data, saying that its leaders had fallen silent after the new GDP figures were announced yesterday. "Three months back, the GDP had come down due to some effects of the GST, and the entire leadership started appearing on TV, shouting that an economic slowdown had descended on the country. Yesterday, a new GDP figure says it is 6.3 and the leaders have fallen silent. The results today have made them even more silent," he said. Shah also attacked the opposition party, saying it was contesting the polls on the agenda of "casteism and dynastic rule, while the is fighting on the basis of development". "The will never win if it tries to contest on the agenda of development," he said, adding that since 1995, when the came to power in Gujarat, 19,000 villages got 24 -hour electricity and there were very few incidents of curfew. He said the government helped solve the water problems of the Saurashtra region and accused the of stalling the Narmada Yojana "for 50 years after the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru had laid its foundation stone". "Rahul baba, you ask us what did we do? I would like to ask you as to what did you do to and its people? Why did your party not allow the Narmada Yojana to be completed for 50 years? But instead of replying, you will ask questions on why is there so much unemployment in Gujarat," he said. Shah added that 13,672 people from Amethi, Gandhi's Lok Sabha constituency, were working in and that they would take out a rally to tell the people about the real condition of Amethi. "Even after 70 years of independence, there is no collector's office in Amethi and he (Gandhi) comes to teach us development," he said.

First Published: Sat, December 02 2017. 10:39 IST