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  1. Gujarat Election 2017 LIVE UPDATES: Row over Rahul Gandhi’s Somnath Temple entry, Congress hits back at BJP

Gujarat Election 2017 LIVE UPDATES: Row over Rahul Gandhi’s Somnath Temple entry, Congress hits back at BJP

PM Narendra Modi & Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on campaign trail in Gujarat today.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 29, 2017 6:19 PM
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Gujarat Elections 2017 campaign LIVE UPDATES: It will be an action-packed Wednesday in Saurashtra which will be the centre of attraction as both PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi are expected to be within 50 kilometres of each other at the same time. The two are unlikely to have a literal face-off. While Rahul will be visiting the Somnath Temple, PM Modi will be holding a rally in Prachi, a town around 20 km away from Somnath temple. The PM is scheduled to address election rallies in Morbi and Prachi villages near Somnath, Palitana in Bhavnagar and at Navsari in south Gujarat. Polling for the two-phase assembly elections in the state, having total 182 Assembly seats, will take place on 9 December and 14. Votes will be counted on 18 December.

On the first day of his election campaign on November 27, PM Modi has hit out at Congress party, especially its vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Modi accused the Congress of abusing the “son of Gujarat” and predicted that the BJP will win 151 seats in the upcoming elections.

Here are live updates of PM Narendra Modi’s election campaign in his home state:

6.15 PM: A controversy erupted over Rahul Gandhi’s A massive new controversy broke out on Wednesday afternoon after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s name was mentioned in the register meant for non-Hindu visitors entering Somnath Temple, Gujarat. An image of the visitors’ book was shared on social media platforms and has gone viral since then.

Meanwhile, Congress party has hit back at BJP, saying BJP is doing dirty politics.

6.00 pm: Earlier in the day: Modi said, “They hate development, they hate Gujarat, they hate Modi and now they hate sweat also. That is because they have never had to sweat it out in life and work hard. They are mocking everyone who works hard. This is their mindset. Such hatred for the poor is shocking.”

5.45 pm: Earlier in the day: We have the legacy of Fakir Gandhi – the great Mahatma. They have the legacy of royalty. They were born with all privileges and are disconnected with the roots: PM

5.30 pm: Earlier in the day:  When I was Chief Minister I would plead to the Congress, even Congress leaders in Gujarat that let us get the Narmada project moving, let us help our farmers. But, the Congress was not interested: PM

5.20 pm: Earlier in the day: If the Congress was in power the Narmada waters would never come here and the farmers would have been disadvantaged. Congress has tried everything possible to delay the project: PM

5.15 pm: Earlier in the day: Do you remember the water shortage in the region? This is because the Congress controlled the tanker business. It suited them to have this shortage. The BJP has changed this in the last 22 years. We have made the tanker industry irrelevant: PM

5.00 pm: Earlier in the day: When elections were approaching, they announced a meagre Rs. 500 crore for OROP when the real requirement was a lot higher. This was misleading of the highest order: PM

4.50 pm: Amit Malviya, BJP’s IT cell head, says that Rahul Gandhi entered his name in a register which is only for non-Hindus.

“Finally Rahul Gandhi comes clean on his religion, signs visitor register in Somnath (as per rule) meant for non-Hindus. If he isn’t a Hindu by faith, let alone a practicing one, then why has he been fooling people with these temple visits?” he tweets.

4.45 pm: The main issue in Kutch and Saurashtra when we came to power was water shortage. Lack of adequate water was affecting society. The BJP government changed this and got waters of the Narmada to these regions: PM

4.40 pm: For Congress, ‘development’ was giving hand pumps. For BJP, it is SAUNI Yojana and large pipelines that carry Narmada waters. We also focussed on check dams: PM @narendramodi

4.28 pm:  If the Congress was in power the Narmada waters would never come here and the farmers would have been disadvantaged. Congress has tried everything possible to delay the project: PM

4.26 pm: When I was Chief Minister I would plead to the Congress, even Congress leaders in Gujarat that let us get the Narmada project moving, let us help our farmers. But, the Congress was not interested: PM

4.24 pm: We have the legacy of Fakir Gandhi – the great Mahatma. They have the legacy of royalty. They were born with all privileges and are disconnected with the roots: PM Modi

4.22 pm: They hate development, they hate Gujarat, they hate Modi and now they hate sweat also. That is because they have never had to sweat it out in life and work hard. They are mocking everyone who works hard. This is their mindset. Such hatred for the poor is shocking: PM

4.20 pm: Do you remember the water shortage in the region? This is because the Congress controlled the tanker business. It suited them to have this shortage. The BJP has changed this in the last 22 years. We have made the tanker industry irrelevant: PM Modi

3:27 pm: PM Narendra Modi addresses rally at Palitana.

3:20 pm: Former chief minister of Gujarat, Anandiben Patel is speaking in Palitana where Modi’s third rally is scheduled.

3:15 pm: Whatever Gujarat has today is all due to BJP. Result of development brought in by Modi Ji, when he was CM, can be seen today. Bhuj was destroyed in earthquake & is flourishing. Narmada’s water is now available everywhere in state. Congress & Rahul must see this: UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Gujarat

3:05 pm: Rahul Gandhi arrives in Gir Somnath to address public rally.

2:54 pm: Crowd gather at Palitana where PM Modi will be addressing his third rally of the day.

Crowd at Palitana (IE image)

2:50 pm: “This crowd of thousands at a public meeting to discuss reservation and farmers’ issues in Morbi district is encouraging,” tweeted the Hardik Patel with a picture.

2:45 pm: Patidar leader Hardik Patel holds public meetings at villages in Morbi district.

2:44 pm: Rahul Gandhi holds a public meeting at Visavadar in Gujarat.

2:04 pm: When elections were approaching, they announced a meagre Rs. 500 crore for OROP when the real requirement was a lot higher. This was misleading of the highest order: PM Modi

2:03 pm: I want to ask the Congress. What is it that you have against our army? The demand for OROP was pending for forty long years. Why did successive Congress governments do nothing about that?: PM Modi in Prachi

1:59 pm: I want to assure you, Congress may try to put roadblocks, I am committed to ensure their designs fail. Parliament is meeting soon and we are going to bring that issue on the floor of the House again. We want to give our OBC communities their due: PM Modi in Prachi

1:58 pm: Congress is seeking votes of OBC communities but they should answer why they did not allow OBC Commission to get Constitutional Status for all these years. We brought in the move, it was passed by Lok Sabha but stalled in the Rajya Sabha, where Congress has majority: PM Modi

1:54 pm: When Dr. Rajendra Prasad was to come to inaugurate the Somnath Temple, Pandit Nehru expressed his displeasure. Sardar Patel dreamt about the Narmada but your family did not let that dream fulfill: PM Modi in Prachi

1:53 pm: If there was no Sardar Patel, the temple in Somnath would never have been possible. Today some people are remembering Somanth, I have to ask them- have you forgotten your history? Your family members, our first PM was not happy with the idea of a temple being built there: PM Narendra Modi

1:50 pm: If there was no Sardar Patel, the temple in Somnath would never have been possible: PM Modi

1:49 pm: Rahul Gandhi at Somnath Temple. Rahul will address rally after offering prayers at the temple.

1:48 pm: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visits Somnath Temple.

1:42 pm: This is my 2nd day of campaigning for the Gujarat elections. I have travelled to Saurashtra and South Gujarat. The enthusiasm is remarkable. I can see so many women who have come to bless us: PM Modi

1:40 pm: PM Modi is speaking at a public rally in Prachi.

1:37 pm: PM Narendra Modi will shortly address the rally in Prachi, Gujarat.

1:16 pm: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani is addressing a public meeting at Prachi in Junagadh district.

12:50 pm: After his maiden address of the day in Morbi, PM Narendra Modi will now head to Prachi in Junagadh district for his second rally.

12:06 pm: “It is natural for those who have looted all their lives to remember only dacoits. Under their grand stupid thoughts, they want basic necessities of the poor to be taxed at 18%. At the same time they want cigarettes & alcohol to be cheaper. What logic is this”, asked PM Modi.

12:05 pm: “Through the SAUNI Yojana, we built huge pipelines. Dams in Saurashtra are being filled due to SAUNI Yojana. But, I do not think the Congress can see all this”, PM Narendra Modi said.

12:02 pm: “Opposition baffled because we put a check on corruption,” says PM Narendra Modi.

11:55 am: PM Narendra Modi attacked Congress in Morbi. “Those who ruled country for 70 yrs must give their report card”, he said.

11:52 am: PM Modi said, “When Indira Ben came to Morbi,I remember there was a photo of her in Chitralekha Magazine with a hanky over her nose due to the foul smells, but for Jansangh/RSS the streets of Morbi are fragrant, its the fragrance of humanity”.

11:50 am: “In Gujarat, we initiated a mass movement to conserve every drop of water. This is because we understand the adverse impact of lack of water. Development for us is not about winning polls, it is about serving every citizen”, says PM Modi in Morbi.

11:48 am: “We attempted to send Narmada water in every nook and corner of Gujarat” says PM Modi.

11:46 am: Gujarat model has worked in Morbi, we have turned adversity to opportunity: PM Narendra Modi

11:45 am: “Even in Varanasi, people have all information about the people of Morbi” says PM Narendra Modi.

11:44 am: “As a result of our work in Gujarat, the state would not have to look back even in 100 years” says PM Modi.

11:43 am: PM Narendra Modi in Morbi: “For us, what matters is the wellbeing of people. Even when we were not in power we were with the people of Morbi and serving society.”

11: 40 am: “In good and bad times, the Jan Sangh and the BJP have stood with the people of Morbi. One cannot say the same about the Congress and their leaders”, PM Modi said as he targeted Congress in Morbi.

11:35 am: “When Gujarat was affected by earthquake, we took no time in reaching Morbi”, says PM Modi.

11:30 am: ‘History is a proof that we always stood with people during highs and lows’ says PM Modi in Morbi.

11:26 am: PM Modi says that he is deeply connected to Morbi. He added that he has an old bond with Morbi.

11:24 am: PM Narendra Modi addresses crowd at Morbi. People cheer “Modi Modi” at the venue.

11:00 am: People assemble in Morbi for PM Modi’s rally that will begin shortly.

10:52 am: Congress hits out at PM Modi ahead of his campaigning today. “Prime Minister has belittled the position of PM by attending an event of Ivanka Trump, Telangana CM was already there. Why does PM need a certificate from outsiders and dubious foreign rating agencies? He should ask people of Gujarat for the certificate”, says Congress leader Anand Sharma.

10:35 am: Rahul Gandhi returns to the campaign trail in Gujarat. He will begin with seeking blessings at Somnath Mandir and continue on to the districts of Visavadar, Savar Kundla and Amreli.

10:20 am:  Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will kick off the current trip with a visit to the famous Somnath temple.

10:15 am: PM Modi to begin the rally in Morbi at 11 am. Modi was expected to begin campaigning at 9 am.

10:05 am: The first leg of Rahul Gandhi’s two-day campaign to begin today. He will visit Gir, Somnath, Junagadh and Amreli for campaigning.

10:00 am: PM Narendra Modi to begin his campaigning shortly from Morbi.

9:35 am: Rahul Gandhi asks tough questions to PM Modi. Take a look at his tweet:

9:30 am: PM Modi tweets that he will be addressing public meetings in Morbi, Prachi, Palitana and Navsari today.

8:40 am: The rally at Morbi is scheduled for 9 am, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to arrive around 10 am.

8:35 AM: Busy day in Saurashtra as Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address poll rallies in Morbi, Prachi near Somnath, Palitana in Bhavnagar. All these places are in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region.

8:30 am: PM Modi will address four public meetings as part of BJP’s Gujarat Vikas Rally, which will cover 25 Assembly seats in Saurashtra and south Gujarat.

8:23 am: Rahul Gandhi to kick off yatra after visiting Somnath temple.

8:20 am: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also returns to Gujarat for a two-day tour. Rahul in the state for
eighth leg of the Navsarjan Gujarat Yatra.

8:15 am: PM Narendra Modi to visit Somnath Temple at 1 pm today.

8:10 am: PM Modi will address today’s first rally in Morbi district which was badly affected by the floods earlier this year.

8:05 am: PM Modi to address rallies in Morbi and Prachi villages near Somnath today. This is Prime Minister’s second leg of campaigning before Gujarat polls on December 9.

8 am: PM Narendra Modi to address various public rallies in Gujarat.

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