Sold tea, not country: A look at PM Narendra Modi’s day in Gujarat

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Narendra Modi Gujarat election campaign Day 1 UPDATES: PM Narendra Modi had a hectic day in poll bound Gujarat on Monday. PM Modi adressed 4 different rallies starting in Kutch. Modi, who started his high voltage campaign with rallies in Bhuj in Kutch district, Jasdan in Rajkot, Chalala in Amreli and Kadodara near Surat, came down heavily on opposition party on issues related to China, Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Hafiz Saeed, the surgical strike as well as corruption. He accused the Congress vice president of applauding the release of a terrorist in Pakistan and asked why he hugged the Chinese ambassador during the Dokalam standoff. “You are happy to hug the Chinese ambassador, you are clapping at the release of Hafiz Saeed, you cannot respect Indian Army’s surgical strike… But why did you speak about it? You could have just remained silent,” he said in Bhuj, not specifying how and where Gandhi had hailed Saeed’s release.

Narendra Modi Gujarat election campaign Day 1 UPDATES:

6.18 pm:Our Government has taken steps to ensure people from middle class families can own their homes. We reduced prices of stents and made healthcare affordable: PM

6.13 pm: At every opportunity the Congress has indulged in corruption: PM

6.10 pm: Congress is disconnected with the aspirations of the people of India: PM

6.00 pm: Things are very different in Gujarat from the time Congress ruled here 22 years ago. Society is no longer divided, there is progress now: PM

5.55 pm: Arrogance of Congress party is at a record high. They do not realise that the times have changed. The youth sees things very differently: PM

5.50 pm: I am also seeing Congress is scared of defeat and are unable to match BJP’s focus on development and good governance: PM in Surat

5.45 pm: After campaigning in Kutch, Rajkot, Amreli districts I have come to Surat. I am seeing the energetic response among people: PM in Surat

4.40 pm: Yes, I have sold tea, not country like Congress, says Modi; watch video

4.06 pm: Our efforts against corruption have naturally troubled the Congress: PM Modi

4.04 pm: The BJP Government in Gujarat got dairies to Saurashtra. Amreli is emerging as a hub for dairy and cooperative sectors over the last two decades: PM

4.02 pm: Amreli district is on the coast and it is the BJP Government in Gujarat that worked on harnessing the coastal strengths of this district. We focussed on the blue economy: PM @narendramodi in Dhari

4.00 pm: Remember the Gujarat before BJP came to power? To travel to Ahmedabad also people had to ask is it safe. Law and order situation in the state was very poor. All this changed after BJP came to power: PM

3.54 pm: Modi attacks Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi. Says an economist PM was at the Centre but small items like LED bulbs were so costly.

3.48 pm: Reacting to Modi’s comments, Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “Congress abolished zamindari system. PM has relations with big industrialists but not poverty. They have not made any decision in the favor of poor. He has the habit of commenting on Congress. We will send him a book on Congress to study.”

3.47 pm: Earlier in the day, Congress hit back at PM. Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “PM knows very less of history. Maybe he forgot Lal Bahadur Shastri belonged to poor family. Manmohan Singh came as a refugee & was from poor family too. PM must recall Indira Gandhi’s slogan of ‘Garibi Hatao’. She nationalised banks so poor can get money easily.”

Watch PM Modi’s speech:

3.46 pm: India can progress only when development process keeps continuing all the time, says PM in Amreli.

3.42 pm: PM Modi is addressing public meeting in Dhari Gujarat.

2:45 pm: PM Modi lashed out at Congress and asked people not to let Congress destroy Gujarat’s culture. “Pitting one caste against the other is Congress’ tendency. Make sure that you do not let them destroy the composite culture of Gujarat”, PM Narendra Modi said in Rajkot’s Jasdan.


2:40 pm: The solution to all problems is development. Development has to be continuous. We want to work even more for the people of Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi in Rajkot, Jasdan


2:35 pm: Amid PM Narendra Modi’s blitzkrieg in Gujarat, Congress releases list of candidates selected by CEC for the second phase of elections to the Legislative Assembly of Gujarat.

2:20 pm: The Congress dislikes me because of my poor origins. Can a party stoop so low? Yes, a person belonging to a poor family has become PM. They do not fail to hide their contempt for this fact. Yes, I sold tea but I did not sell the nation: PM Modi

2:17 pm: PM Modi attacks Congress in Rajkot’s Jasdan. There was a person who led a life of discipline on Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals, a disciplined & hard working son of the soil just like Sardar Patel but he had the same ‘flaw’ of being a Gujrati, so he was not allowed to stay in national politics by them (Cong), says PM Modi.


2:16 pm: How did the Congress treat Sardar Patel and Morarji Desai? That is for everyone to see. Which was the party that made the entire nation a prison during the emergency? That also everyone knows: PM Modi

2:15 PM: A new party came up in Delhi, whose style is to keep abusing & running away. I thought Congress, being an older party would not indulge in such politics but they have also taken this shortcut in the past two months and only hurled abuses and lies, says PM Modi in Rajkot’s Jasdan.


2:10 pm: When we started bringing the waters of the Narmada here to Saurashtra, there were people who were mocking us. Their negative politics has not changed over the years. Our faith is in politics of development and good governance, says PM Modi.

2:09 pm: PM Modi attacks Congress in Jasdan, says the party has lost all its character.

2:07 pm: Due to water scarcity, girls were not married into Saurashtra, says PM Modi.

2:04 pm: PM Modi begins addressing rally in Rajkot’s Jasdan.

PM Modi addresses rally in Jasdan(ANI)

1: 10 pm: MoS PMO Jitendra Singh who is also campaigning in Gujarat said that Rahul Gandhi is trying to induce a political culture based on lies & hypocrisy. “For example- Why does Rahul Gandhi visit temples only when he is in Gujarat? Has he ever visited a temple in neighbourhood of his Delhi residence?”, asked Jitendra Singh.

12:55 pm: On November 26, BJP Chief Amit Shah said that Congress is contesting in the polls on the basis of dynasty politics but PM Modi is doing that with development in the country.

12:53 PM: Addressing the crowd in Bhuj, PM Narendra Modi alleged that Congress ‘celebrated’ Hafiz Saeed’s release.

12:32 pm: Earlier in the day, PM Narendra Modi offered prayers at Ashapura Mata temple in Kutch, Gujarat.

12:11 pm: PM Narendra Modi announces ro-ro ferry service for Kutch.

12:10 pm: Congress is unhappy about demonetisation. They keep attacking me but I want to tell them that I have grown up in the same land as Sardar Patel. I will ensure that the poor get their due. We will not allow this nation to be looted: PM Modi

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12:09 pm: We are not here for power, we are here for 125 crore Indians. We want to take India to new heights of glory: PM Modi in Bhuj

12:06 pm: Congress insulted our braves, questioned surgical strikes sais PM Modi.

12:05 pm: India was attacked on 26/11 and in Uri. You can see how India responded in the wake of both attacks. This explains the difference between their Government and ours, says PM Modi

12:04 pm: Does any Congress leader talk about Kamraj, Acharya Kripalani, Subhas Babu, UN Dhebar? They don’t, because they only talk about one family: PM Modi

12:04 pm: I was asked why don’t you name Nehru in your speeches, So I asked Congress leaders to give me in writing the names of their own party Presidents, but they don’t remember the ones like Bose & Kamraj, when they don’t remember names of their own how’ll they understand Gujarat, says PM Modi.

12:03 pm: A Pakistani court released a Pakistani terrorist and the Congress is celebrating. I was surprised why. And this same Congress refused to believe our own army on surgical strikes and preferred to believe the Chinese Ambassador: PM Modi.

11:59 am: When earthquake struck the Kutch region in 2001, Atal Bihar Vajpayee sent me to the region to work among its people and that taught me a lot: PM Narendra Modi

11:58 am: Whatever I have achieved in the past 15 years is because of Gujarat: PM Modi.

11:57 am: The ports of Kutch are handling tremendous traffic. They have become the getaways to India. Due to ports in Kutch commerce is getting a boost: PM Modi

11:54 am: When big earthquakes take place ppl say see this building has fell but in Kutch ppl say this school, this hospital, these buildings were made after the earthquake. All this was done on war footing by the army of Kutch which consists of its ppl: PM in Bhuj

11:51 am: They are coming to Gujarat and spreading lies about a son of Gujarat. Earlier they did that with Sardar Patel also. Gujarat will never accept this. No Gujarati will accept the lies that they are spreading, says PM Modi.

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11:50 am: I have come to Gujarat to seek blessings of people, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

11: 49 am: Opposition’s mudslinging has made it easy for Lotus to bloom, BJP will get 151 seats, says PM

11:48 am: The Congress has not let one opportunity go to humiliate the people of Gujarat: PM Modi

11:45 am: Gujarat is my soul & mother, my relationship with you is that of equality since you call me brother, says PM Modi in Bhuj

11: 44 am: It was the Congress which killed youngsters who were associated with the Maha Gujarat Movement: PM Modi

11: 43 am: PM Modi says that the #BattleForGujarat is one between development and dynasty politics. He says that Gujarat has never accepted Congress, because it has meted out injustice since the time of Sardar Vallabhai Patel.

11:42 am: What if the Narmada waters had come to Kutch 30 years earlier? It would have made such a big different in the lives of people here: PM Modi


11:40 am: I am grateful for all the ‘kichad’ being thrown at me, after all, a lotus blooms only in ‘kichad’ so, I don’t mind if more is thrown at me: PM Modi

11:37 am: Congress, Gujarat will never forgive you. Gujarat has never accepted the Congress: PM Modi

11:28 am: PM Modi starts addressing rally in Bhuj. Modi begins his address in Kutchi language.

11:24 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to shortly address a public gathering in Gujarat’s Bhuj.

11 am: 6th list of 34 BJP candidates for ensuing general election to the legislative assembly of Gujarat 2017 finalised by BJP Central Election Committee.

10:54 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met locals outside Ashapura Mata temple in Gujarat’s Kutch.


10:40 am: PM Narendra Modi’s rally comes just a day after his monthly radio address Mann Ki Baat.

10:35 am: BJP sources said that the party shifted the rally from Kamrej to Kadodara after sensing trouble from the Patidar community as per Firstpost. The report added that the party shifted the rally about two days back.

10:30 am: PM Modi in Gujarat for the last leg of the campaign in Gujarat. Will address 4 rallies in the state today.

10:10 am: “Friends, I m contesting from Vadgam-11 seat of Banaskantha district of Gujarat as an independent candidate. We shall fight, we shall win”, Jignesh Mevani tweeted.

10:05 am: Jignesh Mevani will be filing his nomination at around 12 pm on Monday. Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani will contest the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections as an Independent candidate from Vadgam constituency in Banaskantha District.

10:02 am: BJP releases last list of candidates, no mention of Anandiben Patel in the list.

9:54 am: BJP releases sixth list of 34 candidates for Gujarat Assembly Elections.

9:50 am: PM Narendra Modi offered prayers at Ashapura Temple; interacted with women and children in Bhuj, Gujarat.

PM Narendra Modi offered prayers at Ashapura Temple (ANI)
PM Modi meets devotees in Ashapura Temple (ANI)

9:48 am: PM Narendra Modi met devotees at Ashapura temple. He will leave for rally shortly. PM to hold 4 rallies in the state today.

9:45 am: PM Modi reaches Ashapura Temple in Kutch and offers prayers. Will stay at the temple for 10 minutes.

9: 30 am: “Modi ji has made many significant changes in his tenure so far”, says Arun Jaitley to ABP News.

9:22 am: Preparations underway for PM Narendra Modi’s public meeting in Bhuj.

Preparations underway in Bhuj (ANI twitter)
Preparations underway in Bhuj (ANI twitter)

9:00 am: PM Modi to begin his rally from Bhuj’s Lalan ground shortly.

8: 47 am: “HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s rich thoughts continue to guide people, transcending all barriers. We are always motivated by his vision to transform lives of the needy, poor and marginalised”, PM Modi pays tributes to former Swaminarayan sect head Pramukh Swami Maharaj.


8: 45 am: PM Modi to commence two-day poll campaign in Gujarat today.

8:40 am: Congress workers vandalised property at party office over ticket distribution issue in Gandhinagar yesterday.

8: 35 am: On Sunday, the saffron party kickstarted the campaign with “Mann Ki Baat, Chai Ke Saath” where BJP leaders campaigning in Gujarat listened to PM Modi’s monthly radio address, sipping a cup of chai.

8.30 am: Prime Minister Modi will first visit a temple in Kutch and seek the blessings of Ashapura Mata.

8:00 am: Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje have campaigned ahead of the state Assembly polls.

7: 50 am: BJP chief Amit Shah on Sunday, Shah slammed Congress for lacking an agenda for the elections and said, “Congress lacks leaders as well as strategy.”

7:45 am: After his first rally in Bhuj, he will move to address people at Jasdan at 11 am, followed by Dhari at 1 pm and Kamrej at 3 pm.

7: 30 am: PM Modi will address his first rally in Bhuj today. The rally will start at 9 am according to his itinerary.

7:20 am: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has accused the Congress of seeking refuge in casteism and “outsourcing” its campaign to caste leaders while dismissing any threat to the BJP’s poll prospects from the Congress-Hardik Patel tie-up.

7: 18 am: “Each rally has been organized in such a way that people from 5-6 surrounding constituencies can also attend it,” said Gujarat BJP incharge Bhupender Yadav.

7: 15 am: PM Narendra Modi will address public rallies in Gujarat’s Bhuj, Dhari, Jasdan, Kamrej today.

7:05 am: The Congress Party released its third list of 76 candidates for the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly election late on Sunday night, the filing of nominations for which ends on Monday.

7:00 am: “On reaching Gujarat tomorrow, I will first go to Mata no Madh in Kutch and seek the blessings of Ashapura Mata”, PM Narendra Modi tweeted yesterday.

6:48 am: “Tomorrow I would address rallies in Jasdan, Dhari and Kamrej. Guided by the Mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ we are committed to taking Gujarat to even new heights of growth and building on the good work done in the last two decades in the state”, PM Narendra Modi tweeted yesterday.

6:45 am:  “Tomorrow I begin my rallies across Gujarat. My first rally will be in Bhuj, Kutch. This district is close to my heart. Its spirit of resilience after the 2001 quake was seen by the world. Since then, Kutch has seen record progress, which has benefitted all sections of society,” PM Narendra Modi tweeted yesterday.

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