Ahmedabad, Oct 13: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday began his two-day tour to Gujarat, where the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been camping ahead of the Assembly election. Addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Valsad, Yogi Adityanath launched a scathing attack on Nehru-Gandhi family and said Rahul Gandhi failed to develop his parliamentary constituency Amethi. The BJP leader visited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state as part of the Gujarat Gaurav Yatra being organised by the party.
“Even after ruling there for 14 years Rahul Gandhi did not facilitate the building of a collectorate in Amethi. Congress loses where Rahul Gandhi goes for campaigning,” Yogi Adityanath said in Valsad. “People who couldn’t build a collectorate in Amethi after ruling there for 3 generations, what development will they bring to Gujarat?” Aditynath said while attacking the Nehru-Gandhi family.
Yogi Adityanath took a dig at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said, “A thing was famous about Manmohan Singh. For any approval, he always looked at Nehru-Gandhi family and stayed mum if they said no.” If party sources are to be believed, Adityanath will be one of the star campaigners for the party in the state. After Valsad, he is also scheduled to address a gathering in Surat and in Kutch on Saturday before returning to Lucknow on Sunday. During his visit to Gujarat, the Chief Minister will be meeting businessmen there in a bid to bring investment and business to Uttar Pradesh.
According to reports, bringing Yogi Adityanath in Gujarat is part of BJP’s strategy to counter Rahul Gandhi, who has been aggressively campaigning in the poll-bound state by organising road shows. “Yogi Adityanath will visit Gujarat several times to the run-up to the election. He will be one of our star campaigners in the elections,” a BJP leader was quoted as saying. Gujarat will go to poll later this year.
Yogi Adityanath recently visited Kerala where he participated in BJP’s ‘Jan Raksha Yatra’ to protest against the killing of several BJP-RSS activists in the state ever since the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM government came to power last year.