Valsad: Amid growing speculations of a Narendra Modi versus Rahul Gandhi electoral battle in 2014, the Gujarat Chief Minister challenged the Congress general secretary to come and campaign in the state. “Congress says Rahul will not campaign in Gujarat. Why? People of the state and I want to know the reason. Does he think Gujarat is so bad that he won't campaign in the state?" said Modi while addressing a rally in Mota Pondha village in Valsad district of south Gujarat.

Modi also threw an open challenge to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi saying that he is ready for any contest. BJP leader Smriti Irani also took potshots at Rahul Gandhi saying that how can Rahul come to Gujarat when he has completely lost face after Congress's crushing defeat in Uttar Pradesh elections.
In 2007 Rahul Gandhi had campaigned extensively in Gujarat, but this time it is still not decided whether he would campaign. The election schedule is yet to be announced. Earlier Modi attacked the Gandhi family and took a dig at Congress's slogan 'Change the direction to change your condition', Modi said Congress's direction was of "dynasty rule". "Only one family gets importance... If they make someone Prime Minister, he has to go to the family before taking any
decision," he said. "Congress's 'direction' is of nepotism, spreading communalism, divisive politics and not fulfilling promises. We do not want that in Gujarat."


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