BJP president Amit Shah, today, filed his nomination for the Lok Sabha polls from Gandhinagar seat in presence of top NDA leaders, including Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh.
Shah has replaced BJP veteran L K Advani as party candidate from Gandhinagar. Advani had won the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat uninterrupted between 1998 and 2014. “Amit Shah is inheriting the political legacy of Lal Krishna Advani, who represented the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency for long,” said Rajnath Singh.
Before filing the nomination, he had held a 4-km roadshow in Ahmedabad and even addressed the public along with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Union Minister Rajnath Singh among others. Besides Thackeray, other NDA leaders who addressed the public rally were Shiromani Akali Dal supremo Parkash Singh Badal and Lok Janshakti Party president and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
Amit Shah appeals to the people of Gujarat to make the BJP win on all 26 seats in the state. “I commit to carry out the development of Gandhinagar constituency with all my strength,” he said.
Addressing the rally, Thackeray took a potshot at the Opposition saying that they are surprised to see him accompanying Shah in Gandhinagar. He, in his speech, hit out at the Opposition for “relishing” the differences between the Shiv Sena and the BJP. He said after Shah visited him in February, the differences were sorted out.
He said, “My father taught me to do everything from heart, issues that we raised were of the people, we (BJP-Shiv Sena) had differences but we settled them. We never stabbed from back and never will.”
He said, “Today, we have one idea, one leader. Here, people raise ‘Modi Modi’ slogan. Who is there in the Opposition as prime ministerial candidate? Can they hold a rally like this and ask their supporters to shout a slogan for one common leader?”