New Delhi, November 15: Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Tuesday claimed that the party will form the government in Gujarat by winning over 150 seats in the state Assembly elections. Gujarat is witnessing a direct contest between Congress and the BJP with senior leaders of both the parties campaigning in the state.
Hitting out at the Congress, Shah said that the party has outsourced the campaign and has neither a leader nor vision. “The Congress should make it clear under whose leadership it is fighting polls. The BJP is fighting the election under Vijay Rupani and Nitin Patel,” Shah said on Network18’s Agenda Gujarat program.
He then challenged the Congress to name its chief ministerial candidate in Gujarat. “The Congress is trying to divide the people of Gujarat on the basis caste but it won’t be successful in its plan,” Shah said. Also read: In Gujarat, Biggest Election Factor is Nationalism Not Caste, Says CM Vijay Rupani
Shah attacked Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi saying he has no vision for the state. Rahul has been heading the campaign in the poll-bound state and has toured the state attacking the BJP on demonetisation, GST, development, economic slowdown and other issues.
While the Congress has recently seen an upsurge in its presence on social media, Shah was unimpressed by it. “Congress may have increased its presence on social media, but the question that needs to be answered is where is that increase, in Kazakhstan?” Shah said.
In a bid to maximise its poll outreach, the BJP had launched its mega mass connection drive — Gujarat Gaurav Maha-Sampark Abhiyan. Under this programme, senior party leaders along with grassroot workers went from door-to- door to talk to the masses and canvas for the party. The connection drive covered households of over 50,000 polling booths across the state.
The 182-member Gujarat Assembly will go to polls on December 9 and 14. The counting of votes will take place on December 18.