NEW DELHI: In a thinly veiled barb aimed at Rahul Gandhi, BJP president Amit Shah said the Congress has "outsourced" the Gujarat assembly polls by not promoting any local leader as the face of its electoral campaign.
"Congress has outsourced the Gujarat election.
The party doesn't have a leader+
, nor does it have a clear-cut strategy," Shah said at an event on Tuesday.
Over the last few weeks, the Congress party's 'Navsarjan Yatra' in Gujarat has been spearheaded by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is traversing through temple towns and addressing multiple rallies every day to attack the BJP in its citadel. However, Gujarat Congress leaders have been conspicuous by their absence (or perhaps, sidelining) from the campaign trail.
"Congress should clarify under whose leadership they are contesting the Gujarat election. Why haven't they announced a candidate for chief minister?," Shah challenged.
The BJP president alleged that the Congress was resorting to schismatic politics in the state, pointing out how politicians from different social backgrounds, like Patidar leader Hardik Patel, have been flocking to it lately.
"Congress is working to divide the people of Gujarat on communal lines. This is an old habit of the Congress, to play caste-based politics but the people will no longer be fooled by them," said Shah.
Dismissing reports of growing Congress popularity in certain parts of Gujarat, Shah asserted that the BJP will secure a landslide victory in the upcoming election.
"BJP will win more than 150 seats and once again form the goverment in Gujarat," he declared.
Shah also refuted the criticism surrounding the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and said that traders will realise within the year that the unified tax regime is an 'aashirwad' (blessing).
Recent voter surveys in Gujarat have predicted a comfortable victory for the BJP, with Congress and other parties trailing the saffron party by around 10 per cent of the vote.
The 182-member Gujarat Assembly will go to the polls in two phases -- on December 9 and 14. The counting of votes will be taken up on December 18.