The BJP chief also invoked Gujarati pride to counter the social media blitzkrieg on the party's main plank of development, something that sustained the party for a decade-and-a-half."Rahul Gandhi wants us to account for Gujarat's development. I want to remind them that the Modi government approved AIIMS for Gujarat, an worldwide airport for Rajkot, approval to raise the height of the Narmada dam and allocation of homes to six lakh urban poor", Shah said in his address.
During his recent visit to state, Rahul Gandhi had questioned BJP's Gujarat model of development where he termed it a failure by mentioning that no jobs were created.
Scoffing at Rahul for questioning development in Gujarat, Shah said the people of India have accepted Modi's corruption-free model.
The BJP president said that the Assembly election in Gujarat will be held in the first week of December.
"If Rahul dreams about Gujarat then he should visit Porbandar, not Italy for fulfilling those dreams". Everyone has the right to see dreams.
"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". To win polls, you need to do some hard work. The BJP finished Ijju Shaikh, Latif, and Mammu Miyan Panju Miyan to give a peaceful Gujarat, " Shah said while referring to gangsters based in Gujarat.
Two motorised raths have been prepared to facilitate party state president Jitu Vaghani and deputy chief minister Nitin Patel's trip through the state and several SUVs painted in the colour of the party will travel along with them during the march.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose home state is Gujarat and who was the state's chief minister for 13 years before he led the BJP to a win in the 2014 national election, will participate in the concluding ceremony of the yatra.
Travelling through various parts of the states, both the legs will culminate on October 16 in the presence of Prime Minister Modi.