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BJP has no manifesto, PM mum about Gujarat's future: Rahul

Press Trust of India  |  Pavi Jetpur (Guj) 

Alleging that Prime Minister Modi is silent about the future of Gujarat, vice president today hit out at the ruling for not publishing its manifesto for the elections yet.

At a poll rally at this tribal town in Chhota Udepur district, he said his party came out with a manifesto after consulting various sections of society, such as tribal communities, women and youth, and incorporating their demands.


"The campaign in half of has already ended. Polling will be held shortly. But the has not announced its manifesto yet. The has not told you what it will do for you in the next five years," Gandhi said.

"Modi-ji used to say that the will rule in for the next hundred years. But he is not saying a single word about the future of at his rallies.

"Instead, Modi-ji talks about Afghanistan, Pakistan, and so many global issues. This is not about Modi or (Rahul) Gandhi...it's about THE people of Gujarat," he said.

"The is ruling here for the last 22 years. Now you have an opportunity to elect a government which would focus on you. People want to know what the or would do for them. While the has not declared its manifesto, we held extensive dialogue with THE people and prepared our manifesto accordingly," he said.

All key demands of tribal communities, such as implementation of Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, filling up vacant posts reserved for STs, scholarships for tribal students and better compensation for land acquisition, have been included in the manifesto, Gandhi said.

The government snatched away 6.5 lakh acres of tribal land in without giving proper compensation, the leader alleged.

Voting for 89 seats of Saurashtra and south will be held tomorrow, while that for 93 seats of north and central Gujarat, including Chhota Udepur, wILL he held on December 14. Campaigning for the first phase ended yesterday.

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First Published: Fri, December 08 2017. 17:10 IST
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