PM, Rahul Gandhi, Hardik trade barbs in Gujarat battle

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The writer has validly questioned Rahul Gandhi's "opportunism" in view of his motivated visits to temples, including Somnath, in Gujarat on the eve of the Gujarat Assembly election. On Wednesday, Rahul took a swipe at Modi over his emotional exhortations, calling him an "excellent actor better than Amitabh Bachchan". "He is a better actor than Amitabh Bachchan".

Amid reports that his rallies across Gujarat have been attracting fewer than usual crowds, with empty seats becoming a hitherto unthinkable fixture at his public meetings, Modi has perhaps chose to return to the basics while appealing to his followers to once again bring the BJP to power in Gujarat - a state that the saffron party has ruled for 22 consecutive years.

For 22 years the Prime Minister is talking about the farmers.

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In a dig at Mr Gandhi over his visit to the Somnath Temple, Mr Modi said "our first PM (Jawaharlal Nehru) was not happy with the idea of a temple being built there", and added: "If there was no Sardar Patel, the temple in Somnath would never have been possible".

Rahul Gandhi seeks explanation from the Prime Minister in the Rafale deal, asks on what basis was Rafale favoured over Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Referring to the 2015 quota stir in which 14 members of the Patidar community were killed in police fi ring, Gandhi said if anyone raises his voice he either gets beaten up or has to face bullets in Gujarat, he said at an earlier rally in Visavadar. Visavdar is a Patidar-dominated constituency in the politically crucial Saurashtra region. "First, is there a difference in the cost of the planes in the first and the second contract (signed with a French firm), please give the reply in yes or no".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be back in Gujarat for a fresh round of election meetings in December, the party's state unit announced on Thursday. "They have not even spared the farm equipment and imposed GST on it". This means Rs 37,000 debt on every Gujarati. After Lathi, Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit the Gopinathji Mandir, Botad and Bhavnagar today as part of his campaign trail.

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