New Delhi, Nov 06: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has reportedly advised party leaders not to make any personal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the campaign for 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections. In-charge of party affairs in Gujarat and former Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot said that Rahul has issued a written instruction to all leaders in this regard.
“Considering the dignity of Prime Minister’s post, no such statement should be made against him. Rahul has also asked Congress leaders to refrain themselves from making any remark which could tarnish party’s image,” Gehlot asserted. (Also Read: BJP Expected to Win Gujarat Assembly Elections, Says Opinion Poll: 10 Points)
The state polls will witness a direct contest between the Congress and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Earlier on November 03, while addressing a rally in the Pardi district, Rahul had claimed that Congress will win the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections because it has the truth on its side.
“This is a fight between truth and falsehood. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the police, the Army as well as the government in Gujarat, Centre, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa and many other states. However, despite of all this, the Congress is going to win the Gujarat elections because we have truth on our side,” the Congress VP had stated. (Also Read: Defective VVPATs: Hardik Patel points finger at Gujarat BJP)
Eyeing Patidar votes, the Congress has been trying to get support from their leaders to counter the saffron party in Gujarat, where they had been in power since 1995. The contest is important for the BJP because Gujarat is the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.
The assembly elections in Gujarat are scheduled in two phases – December 9 and December 14. Results will be declared on December 18. The term of 13th state assembly ends on January 22, 2018.