“Three generations of Congress have dished out severe injustice to Gujarat and Gujaratis,” said BJP president Amit Shah while launching the first phase of Gujarat Gaurav Yatra from Karamsad, the birthplace of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, on Sunday.
The BJP has undertaken the Gaurav Yatra to reach out to the voters as the state goes to polls for the Gujarat Assembly in December.
Gaurav Yatra will take place in two phases and cover a distance of more than 4,500 km through 149 Assembly constituencies. The focus of the yatra is to highlight the achievements of successive BJP governments in the state.
Shah was accompanied by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. Shah invoked Sardar Patel to launch an all-out attack on the Congress.
“Rahul Gandhi (Congress vice-president who was recently on a three-day visit to Saurashtra) comes here and seeks answers from us as to what has the BJP done for the state. We are seeking an answer from you (the Congress) for injustices that the three generations of your rule did to us,” said Shah.
“While the first generation of the Congress insulted Sardar Patel by not giving him his due recognition and the Bharat Ratna, (former) Congress Prime Minister Indira Gandhi did injustice to Morarji Desai,” Shah said. “The third generation of (Congress leaders) Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have done injustice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Gujarat seeks answer for that,” he said.
The second phase of the Gaurav Yatra will start on October 2 from Porbandar, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. The Yatra will conclude in Gandhinagar on October 16 with a rally addressed by PM Modi and Amit Shah.