"The Ram temple won't be built on Modi's instructions and he should first fulfill the promises he made to the people." he said. "Today, I bow before the great man who taught us social unity and inspired us to achieve development", he said.
Modi also continued his attack on Congress leader Kapil Sibal. "In that case, I would say let us have elections of Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas together". A crucial meeting was held at Gujarat Congress office, Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, on Tuesday evening where leaders, including a few Muslims, were told to apply "restraint" vis-a-vis joining any public debate with BJPon the sensitive and emotive issue.Even Muslim leaders were advised to keep the affairs "restraint" on Wednesday, the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition.In fact, as part of their electoral strategy for crucial Gujarat polls, the Congress leaders have avoided raising what is said to be the "secularism bogey" in the run up to the assembly elections.
"Will address rallies in Bhabhar, Kalol, Himmatnagar and Nikol", Modi tweeted. Why does he have to link Ram Mandir with elections? "Is such thinking proper?" "Does it want that the construction of Ram Temple at the earliest or not?", Mr Shah wrote in the micro blogging site. "They are least bothered about the nation".
Modi's remarks came a day after Sibal while representing the Sunni Waqf Board on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to defer hearing in the Ayodhya title suit till July 2019 after the Lok Sabha elections. Though Sibal did not explicitly mention elections, his request was clear, to which the bench also expressed surprise.
The Congress distanced itself from Sibal's stand saying it does not represent the party's stand.
The surveys have often gone wrong, though, and Mr Modi himself remains far more popular across the country than his rivals, including Mr Rahul Gandhi who is leading the Congress charge to weaken Mr Modi in his home base. "The Congress has double standards on the issue".
"Everything is not about elections". "I will not remain silent over triple talaq because it's about the rights of women and humanity". Establishing a local connect, Modi said: "There was a time people said "dikri ne banduke dejo pann Dhanduke na deta (give your daughter to the gun (kill her), but do not get her married to one from Dhandhuka)' due to water shortage".
Gujarat has been under BJP-rule for the last 22 years. "One such word is curfew", Modi said as he claimed that the law and order situation has improved tremendously under the BJP governments.
Responding to the PM's attack that the Congress neglected Gujarati icon Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, party veteran Anand Sharma said there was no difference between India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Patel. "Apart from development, BJP's biggest gift to Gujarat is sense of security", Modi said adding "You may be rich and wealthy but what is that without peace of mind and good law and order".