New Delhi: Hitting the campaign trail for Gujarat polls, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday recalled how Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, who belonged to Gujarat, shared the feeling of brotherhood. Rahul described Gandhiji as his role model in politics.

Addressing a poll rally in Jamnagar, Rahul said when he thinks about politics he thinks about Gandhiji and feels the power of Gandhi is with him. "Many people think Gandhi's thoughts are outdated but I would like to say why I consider him my guru. Sometime we have to make rules in order to adhere to principles," he said.

"Gandhiji had said we should listen to the opinion of all people. Look at the UPA Government and its programmes and tell me of one which has taken away the voice of the people," he added.

Recalling a childhood political story, Rahul narrated an incident when Jawaharlal Nehru was lodged in jail, and how Gandhiji would sleep on the floor to show solidarity with Nehru. "Today, if Gandhiji was alive he would have exhorted the people to fight for their rights.”

The campaign for the first phase of state assembly poll will come to end on Tuesday evening. A total of 1,666 candidates are in the fray to fill the 182-member Gujarat Legislative Assembly. The number of contestants has increased by nearly 400 over the last assembly elections in 2007. While the ruling BJP has fielded candidates on all the 182 Assembly constituencies, the opposition Congress has fielded candidates on 181 Assembly seats in alliance with the NCP.

Gujarat will go to the polls in two phases on December 13 and 17. Counting of votes is slated for December 20.


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