Rajkot: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is taking his fast politics to Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace Porbandar on Sunday. Modi will hold the day-long fast as a part of his ‘Sadbhavna Mission’.
The fast is expected to become a show-of-strength contest between Congress and the ruling BJP. Porbandar is considered to be a Congress stronghold; it is represented by the party's state unit chief Arjun Modhvadiya in the Assembly.
Porbandar MP, farmers' leader Vitthal Radadiya is considered to be one of the few "crowd puller" leaders that Congress has in the state. Modi's first Sadbhavna fast out of Ahmedabad was held on October 16 at Dwarka in Jamnagar district, where Congress MP Vikram Madam staged a parallel fast which did not have much impact. Now, Radadiya is going to hold a parallel fast.
"We would have more supporters than the Chief Minister," Radadiya had claimed.
On Saturday, Modi observed a day-long fast at Bhachau in Kutch district and targeted Congress by saying that following the policy of vote bank politics, it was catering to some sections of society and ignoring others.
"It is the misfortune of the country that after independence the poison of casteism and communalism has become corner stone of our politics. Those leaders and parties who are fanning division in the name of casteism and communalism have remained at the helm of affairs," Modi said addressing the gathering after the fast.
"Some political parties just cater to the sections which they perceive to be their vote bank and ignore others," Modi said, without taking the name of Congress party.
"But, Gujarat has challenged this vote bank politics in a unique way by Sadbhavna Mission. We have shown a way for change by giving a slogan 'development for all, appeasement for none'," he added.
"We have made the country realised that casteism, communalism, regionalism can secure a chair (power) for few but if the state and the country want to progress they have to follow developmental politics," the Chief Minister further said.
(With PTI inputs)
First Published: Sunday, November 20, 2011, 09:15