NEW DELHI: As campaigning for the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections came to an end, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday made an emotional plea to the state’s people.

“With the Government of India and Government of Gujarat working together, the strength rises manifold. This 1+ 1 is not 2 but 11 and together we will take Gujarat to new heights,” PM Modi said.

In remarks that held a tinge of nostalgia, the PM recalled that it had been three and a half years since he “got the honour to travel across the length and breadth of Gujarat to seek the blessings of the people.”

“During my travels across Gujarat, the level of affection I have received from the people is unparalleled in my 40 years of public life. This affection gives me strength and motivates me to devote all my time for India’s development,” he said.



He urged the people of the state to come out to vote in large numbers in the second and final phase of the elections, on December 14.

“I call upon the people of Gujarat to not only give the BJP an overwhelming majority but also ensure that BJP wins in every polling booth across the state,” he said.

He charged the Opposition with spreading unimaginable lies about “Gujarat, Gujarat’s growth and about me personally,” even as he stressed that the state would respond to the “negativity and lies” in a fitting manner.
In his appeal to the people, PM Modi also invoked Gujarati pride, saying that “it is natural for every Gujarati to feel hurt,” in the face of the alleged falsehoods being spread.



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