New Delhi, Nov 15: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that he had election stopped his speech in the middle when he heard the sound of azan coming from a mosque nearby, adding that Muslims will vote for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat Assembly elections 2017. Vijay Rupani stressed that the BJP’s idea of secularism was different from what he called Congress’s ‘politics of appeasement’.

“During the Gujarat Gaurav Yatra, I was addressing a rally. When I was giving my speech, I heard the sound of azaan coming from a mosque nearby. I decided to stop my speech in the middle for a bit. I only resumed when the azaan ended,” Vijay Rupani said while speaking at an event on Gujarat Assembly polls. The Gujarat Chief Minister further said that Congress’ ‘politics of appeasement’ provided no benefits to the Muslims and the minority community will vote for the BJP this time.

“The Congress’s idea of secularism is only appeasement. Even Muslims have seen that Congress has done nothing for their benefit. I am certain that Muslim brothers and sisters will vote for the BJP in Gujarat like they did in the UP Assembly elections,” Rupani said. The BJP leader denied that caste will play a major role in Gujarat polls and said that rashtravaad (nationalism) and vikas (development) will be key factors.

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“People will rise above caste and will vote for nationalism and development. For us, nationalism is the biggest factor just like it was in Uttar Pradesh. Nationalism in any form that is good for the country,” Rupani said. He further hit out at activists Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani and Alpesh Thakor and said ‘they have been exposed as Congress agents’.

Taking a dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for visiting temples during elections campaign in Gujarat, Rupani said, “Chunav ke bahane kam se kam Rahul Mandir to gaya. Lekin Chunav hai isiliye mandir yaad aa raha hai (At least the elections forced Rahul to visit a temple. But let me tell you this, it is because of elections that he is suddenly remembering temples).”

The Gujarat elections will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14 and the results will be declared on December 18.