Unlike Rahul, I am not PM's son: Modi

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 18:57 hrs

Siddhpur: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a frontal attack on Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, saying the people of the country love him regardless of the fact that his father was not the Prime Minister.

"Rahul Gandhi, my father was not the PM. He was not even a sarpanch. Still people love me," he said at an election rally in Siddhpur in Gujarat's Patan district.

A livid Gujarat Chief Minister claimed that Rahul Gandhi had delivered the same speech that he had given earlier this week in other parts of the state.

"Rahul baba, if you come for a rally, then do your homework. I knew immediately after I landed from the helicopter what you said," said Modi.

Rahul Gandhi earlier today took potshots at Modi for silencing the voice of the common man.

Addressing a huge electioneering rally at Palanpur, Gandhi said that the development in the state could only take place if Modi keeps aside his own dreams and gives importance to dreams of the commoners.

"They orate lengthy speeches at various rallies but the voice of the commoner is being suppressed. You should stand and raise your voice. The voice of the common man, poor, youth, and women should be heard. You bring about development in the state and not a single person. The common man of Gujarat and poor people lead the state towards progress," said Gandhi.

"The progress will be made only when your leader will understand this aspect. The development can only take place when he will keep aside his own personal dreams and give importance to your aspirations," he added.

Gandhi also cited the Lokpal Bill to prove his point and said that the BJP had objected to it.

"We introduced the Lokpal Bill and they opposed it. Here, there is no RTI Act and even there is no Lokayukta," he said.

Nearly 60 percent polling has been recorded in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly election.

Polling in 87 constituencies for the first phase of assembly polls began at 8 a.m. amidst tight security in the state.

The fate of 846 candidates has been sealed in this phase, out of which 46 are women.

Prominent candidates in this phase include Keshubhai Patel, Assembly Speaker Ganpat Vasava, Gujarat BJP President RC Faldu, State Congress President Arjun Modhwadia and Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil.

Out of total 1,81,77,953 voters, there are 95,75,278 males, 86,02,557 females and 118 other voters.

For this phase, BJP has fielded candidates on all 87 seats going to the poll, whereas Congress is contesting on 84 seats.

The second phase of polling in Gujarat will take place on December 17. The counting of votes will take place on December 20.

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