Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a frontal attack on the Congress Party ahead of the assembly polls, and said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would emerge victorious by winning maximum number of seats as well as votes in the state.
"In the last 50 years, the Congress has faced defeat in elections and this time too they will face a defeat, which will be much bigger in magnitude. All the records of the margin of defeat will be broken. The Bharatiya Janata Party will emerge victorious by winning maximum number of seats as well as votes in Gujarat," he said.
Modi further said that the people of Gujarat have already taken away the mandate from the Congress Party.
"If a 12 year boy snatches away the mandate from a Congress leader then it implies that six crore people of Gujarat have already snatched away the mandate of Congress and they have pushed the Congress party into the well of defeat," he added.
According to reports, Congress candidate for Visavadar, Ratibhai Mangroliya, had claimed that a 12-year-old allegedly stole his mandate while he was on his way to file his nomination papers.
Modi, who is looking at a third consecutive term at the helm in Gujarat, began his final round of campaign for the upcoming state assembly polls from Somnath today.
Modi, who is looking at a third consecutive term at the helm in Gujarat, is expected to tour six places in Saurashtra and southern Gujarat in the final leg of his campaign.
Modi, who is contesting from Ahmedabad's Maninagar seat, will lock horns with Congress candidate Shweta Bhatt.
Shweta Bhatt is the wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who is best known for alleging that the chief minister had asked the state police to go slow against rioters in the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Maninagar is a Modi stronghold and he has held this seat since 2002. In 2007, he defeated the Congress candidate by around 75,000 votes in 2007.
Today is the last day for filing nominations for the second phase of the state assembly polls, which will be held on December 17. The second phase election will be held for 95 seats spread across 12 districts of the state.
Gujarat will go to the polls in two phases on December 13 and 17. The counting of votes will take place on December 20. (ANI)