Cong plans rallies to `expose` Modi ahead of 2012

Gujarat Congress will take out as many as six rallies from the next month to spread awareness about Chief Minister Narendra Modi`s "misrule" ahead of the December 2012 polls, a top party functionary said.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2011, 22:40 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Congress will take out as
many as six rallies from the next month to spread awareness
about Chief Minister Narendra Modi`s "misrule" ahead of the
December 2012 polls, a top party functionary said on Friday.

"We have decided to take out Sardar Sandesh Yatras, named
after Vallabhbhai Patel, from January 2 from different parts
of the state, which will be led by our state leaders," Gujarat
unit Congress president Arjun Modhwadia said, adding the
rallies will culminate in Anand district on January 13.

"The yatras are against the BJP which is trying to encash
the name of Sardar Patel. Their workers recently even climbed
on the statue of Sardar Patel for putting up of hoarding of LK Advani during his Jan Chetna Yatra," he alleged.

Meanwhile, Congress`s 2012 Election Committee chairman
Shankarsinh Vaghela said, "The yatra will pass through 160
Assembly constituencies where party leaders will come in
direct contact with people."

The rallies will expose BJP`s double standards on their
claims that they are true followers of Sardar Vallabhbhai
Patel, he said.

Without naming Modi, he said, "Some BJP leaders prefer to
be compared to Sardar (Patel) and even make their followers
call them `Chhote Sardar`".

"We will expose the BJP, and all its claims of development
under Modi`s rule. We will also advocate change of regime
during the yatra," Vhaghela added.

The rallies will be taken out from Bardoli, Somnath,
Porbandar, Mansa and two from the city itself.

Congress leaders comprising Modhwadia, Vaghela, Leader of
Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil, former state president Siddarth
Patel, former deputy-chief minister Narhari Amin and Union
Minster Tushar Chaudhury.

PTI