New Delhi, Dec 3: The BJP is set to release its poll manifesto for the upcoming Gujarat assembly election on Monday. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and other BJP leaders will release the party manifesto in Ahmedabad on Monday.
The ruling party, besides promising affordable housing for the urban and rural poor, is expected to make an aggressive stand on all completed development projects, including the Sardar Sarovar Branch canal.
The Opposition, Congress, took on Modi over the latter's promise of affordable housing for urban women, sops to government employees, reduction of VAT on petrol and diesel, free laptops to children.
BJP party president Nitin Gadkari, meanwhile, praised Modi for projecting Gujarat as a model of development for India and the world. He said he was confident that Modi would win in Gujarat and that the party and its alliance would do well in Delhi.
Veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani also praised Modi while addressing poll rallies at Kalol and Mansa in Gandhinagar district. Calling Modi a role model of development, Advani appealed to other states to imitate him. He said other chief ministers should learn from their Gujarati counterpart on how to rule, govern and take care of the poorest. He also applauded Modi's 3-D blitzkrieg for poll campaigning.
Advani said he was once asked whether Modi has become bigger than the party. "I replied that in a family sometimes the younger ones are more capable than the elders and when the younger ones show their capabilities the elders do not feel bad, they feel happy, they feel proud that a youth from their family is so capable," he said.
Advani's praise comes just a day after senior party leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj openly endorsed Modi as a potential prime ministerial candidate for the BJP. Gopinath Munde, another senior BJP leader, also backed Modi for the PM's post on Sunday.