Modi appeals to Gujarat to choose between ‘nationalists’ and ‘anti-national supporters’

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 18, 2019, 03:03 PM

Former Gujarat Chief Minister, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a rally in the Himmatnagar constituency of the state, appealed to voters to choose between the “nationalists”, and those who “support the anti-nationals”. 
Modi elaborated on the recently released Congress party manifesto, which promised to review the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, and its control over the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir. He went on to say that the grand old party was “putting the security of our soldiers at risk”. He claimed that if the party came back to power, they would end up “destroying the country”. He accused the Congress of “believing what Pakistan says”, and doubting the ability of our Armed Forces, referring to the surgical airstrikes by the IAF, for which the Congress and other Opposition parties had demanded evidence. 
The two-time Chief Minister of the state, where he himself hails from, spoke about the “injustice” Gujarat had suffered in the ten years Congress ruled at the Centre, from 2004 to 2014, under leadership of Dr. Manmohan Singh. He further spoke about how BJP chief Amit Shah was “put behind bars for wrong reasons”, referring to the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. Shah was acquitted after years of enquiry by the CBI, due to lack of evidence in 2014, shortly after the BJP came to power. 
Modi urged the voters to not even “mistakenly vote press the Congress symbol, as it would be a sin”. He reminded the citizens of the previous 2014 elections, where BJP had secured almost 80% seats in the state, leaving the Congress with only 5 seats. The PM appealed to the voters to elect him again. 
The state will conduct elections for all its 26 Lok Sabha seats on April 23 in the third phase. Counting of votes will take place a month later on May 23.

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