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Was Offered Rs 5 Cr to Not Address Rally in Surat: Hardik Patel

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 Was Offered Rs 5 Cr to Not Address Rally in Surat: Hardik Patel
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, 3 December, addressed public gatherings – labelled ‘Vikas rallies’ – in poll-bound Gujarat. He lashed out at the Congress saying the party wanted to divide society on the basis of caste, creed, and religion.

Modi had recently addressed four campaign meetings for the BJP in the state. Patidar leader Hardik Patel also addressed a massive rally in Surat the same day.

Gujarat will go to polls on 9 and 14 December.

Snapshot
  • Patidar leader Hardik Patel addresses massive rally in Surat, vows to oust the BJP from Gujarat
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Ivanka Trump was “shocked” at India’s six months maternity leave policy
  • During a rally in Surendranagar, the PM said, “125 crore Indians are my Gods and I am only serving them”
  • VVPAT machines will be used along with EVMs during the Assembly elections in Gujarat
  • Modi slams Congress, says “Emergency is example of the party’s history of lack of internal democracy”
9:46 PM , 03 Dec
KEY EVENT

Work Not to Lose, But Win: Hardik Patel

Addressing a rally in Surat on Sunday, 3 December, Patidar leader Hardik Patel took a dig at the BJP, saying “they will show blue film of a young man, but not talk of their progress.”

He alleged that he was offered Rs 5 crore by an industrialist to not address the rally.

The Patidar leader appealed to people to “wake up and talk to their relatives about not voting for the BJP,” and asked them to take an oath to oust the saffron party from the state.

I, Hardik Patel, swear by the martyrdom of the 14 Patidars (allegedly killed by the police during reservation quota stir) and vow to cast my vote on 9 and 14 December before 11 am to oust the BJP who are torturing six crore people. 
Hardik Patel, Patidar leader
  • Patidar leader Hardik Patel addresses a rally in Surat on 3 December.
  • Huge gathering at Hardik’s Surat rally.

Patel spoke about the plight of farmers in Gujarat, saying villagers are “innocent” and are “fooled” by the rich.

We are not thinking about our future. We go out and ask other countries to invest by setting up companies in India... We are only asking for justice. We are fighting for jobs, for the unemployed and eduction for the poor. This government is so rigid... instead of talking about the future and development of our people, they talk like dictators.
Hardik Patel
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9:21 PM , 03 Dec
KEY EVENT

Smriti Irani Addresses Rally in Surat

Union Minister Smriti Irani, while addressing a rally in Surat on Sunday, 3 December, said that the upcoming Assembly elections are for “every Gujarati” who was called a “gadha” by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav.

This is not an election only for the BJP but for every Gujarati who was called a ‘gadha’ by Rahul Gandhi and his friend Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh.
Smriti Irani, Union Minister
8:57 PM , 03 Dec
KEY EVENT

Massive Crowd Turns up for Hardik Patel's Rally in Surat

Patidar leader Hardik Patel is set to address a mega rally in Surat.

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6:42 PM , 03 Dec
KEY EVENT

Ivanka Was Stumped by India's Maternity Leave Policy: Modi

Prime Minister Modi said Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump, who was in Hyderabad recently, expressed shock when she heard that women in India get six months maternity leave.

In the US, women still don’t get six months leave, Modi said.


Published: 03 Dec 2017, 10:44 AM IST
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