Gujarat polls: Modi unveils manifesto
Amid a groundswell of support from his own outfit Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for his projection as the Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 elections, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday released the manifesto of the party for the assembly polls in the state on Dec 13 and 17 promising more jobs, low interest loans for farmers and speciality hospitals.
The manifesto of BJP assured of more than 30 lakh jobs for the youth and housing for the poor.
It also promised to set up modern speciality hospitals in Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and North Gujarat.
It promised lower interest rates loans for farmers, cold storages and agro processing units besides large scale irrigation facilities.
For women it assured to set up more courts in talukas.
Later in the day, Modi will address 3 massive public meetings.
He will address a rally at APMC Maidan in Viramgam, a public meeting in Chotila and in the evening he will travel to Porbandar where he will address a poll rally at Sudama Road.
A day ago , senior BJP leader LK Advani has praised Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and said he was a "role mdoel" for chief ministers of other states.
BJP leaders Gopinath Munde and Sushma Swaraj have recently backed Modi as the main opposition party's prime ministerial candidate for 2014 general elections.
"Narendra Modi is capable of becoming PM...He has potential of becoming PM," Munde said in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Munde's comment came a day after Swaraj's first open endorsement for Modi during her visit to canvas for the party in Gujarat ahead of the Assembly polls.
"There is no two opinion that he is most capable and ideal candidate to be the Prime Minister of India," she said.
The candidature of Modi as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate for 2014 is a debatable issue owing to protests by other National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners like Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) , but with Swaraj naming him, the support in favour of Modi only swelled.
Earlier suspended BJP leader Ram Jethmalani spoke in favour of Modi.
"He has done great work in Gujarat," said Swaraj.