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Battle of 2 parties — glimpses from rallies held by Congress chief Kharge & PM Modi in Gujarat

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge spoke at public gatherings in Bapunagar & Dediyapada in poll-bound state Sunday, while PM Modi addressed BJP supporters in Netrang, Kheda & Surat.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge at the rally in Bapunagar | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge at the rally in Bapunagar | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Kheda, Ahmedabad, Gujarat: While Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been busy with the Bharat Jodo Yatra, the party’s newly-elected president, Mallikarjun Kharge, has been campaigning in poll-bound Gujarat. Kharge Sunday addressed two rallies in the state — in Bapunagar and Dediyapada talukas.

Kharge spoke of how the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to “end democracy in the country”, while mocking the ruling party for using the Modi card in elections. He added that the BJP is “scared” of losing this election, hence Prime Minister Narendra Modi is campaigning for them in the state.

He also talked about the BJP toppling Congress governments.

“People chose a Congress government in Manipur, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Goa. When the Congress had the support of the people, why did Modi ji topple the governments with the help of MLAs?” Kharge said while speaking in Bapunagar.

Meanwhile, PM Modi also addressed three public gatherings in Gujarat Sunday — in Netrang, Kheda and Surat. In Kheda, PM Modi accused the Congress of hiding terrorist while they were in power. He said, “We used to take action against terrorists. But no one can forget that the Congress government at the Centre used to work towards releasing those terrorists”.

Last month in Kheda, stones were hurled at a garba event. Later, the police reportedly publicly flogged some Muslim men in the main chowk of the village.

PM Modi in his speech also said that his party had warned Congress of the rising terrorism in the state, but they, in turn attacked him, resulting in inaction, which he claimed, led to terrorists becoming fearless and active in big cities.

ThePrint’s national photo editor, who is in Gujarat covering the elections, brings you pictures from both public gatherings.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Congress party president Mallikarjun Kharge discuss during the public gathering | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Gehlot and Kharge at the rally | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Amid tension in Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot reached Ahmedabad to support the Congress in the upcoming elections | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Both leaders join hands during the rally | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Congress veteran leaders share a laugh during the rally | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Congress leaders have been campaigning at various cities in Gujarat | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge before his speech | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot at the rally | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A lotus placard (BJP party symbol) at the rally | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders campaigning for Gujarat elections | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
PM Modi attacks Congress party in his speech | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
PM Modi says the BJP has worked on erasing terrorism in Gujarat | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
PM Modi with other party leaders | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
PM Modi addresses the crowd in Kheda | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
BJP supporters flash the victory sign | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A jubilant BJP supporter during Modi’s speech | Photo: Praveen Jain |ThePrint
Locals in Kheda climb walls to get a glimpse of PM Modi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
BJP supporters during the rally in Kheda | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint