Confident of their victory in the upcoming elections, senior Congress leaders went all out to motivate their party workers in Vadodara. The party had organised Jan Vijay Nirdhar Sammelan at Vadodara on Friday. On the occasion, leaders asked the party workers to celebrate Diwali on December 20 when the results of assembly elections would be out. Moreover, they also warned chief minister Narendra Modi against making personal comment on their leaders and threatened to launch counter attacks about his marriage life.
The sammelan was attended by all leaders of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) including Arjun Modhwadia, Shankarsinh Vaghela, Siddharth Patel and Bharat Solanki. However, leader of opposition in Gujarat Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil was absent on the occasion.
“December 20 will be Diwali for Congress and Holi for BJP,” said Vaghela. He added that every worker of Congress must give the message of ‘Kick off BJP’ while greeting others on New Year (the Gujarati new year day that follows Diwali).
Vaghela also slammed the chief minister for his autocratic approach. “Keshubhai was father figure for the party, but he was expelled from the party just like old parents are expelled from house,” said Vaghela.
Modhwadia warned Modi not to make comments on personal lives of Congress leaders. “He (Modi) should let people of Gujarat know about his marriage life and why he could not save his marriage,” said Modhwadia. He also criticised Modi and BJP government for giving sops to Tata Motors. Other leaders urged the workers to remain united and work hard for the party's victory. Meanwhile, former MP Manubhai Patel described Modi as ‘Nalayak’ (non-deserving) for the post of chief minister.