The great-grandson of India's founding prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, has struggled to convince voters - and many in his party - that he is leadership material, especially after a drubbing in the 2014 general election.
In a press statement issued here, the BJP said the joint secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Dilip Kumar, had on August 8 instructed the state chief secretary to immediately deport the "undocumented" immigrants.
Congress leaders blasted out against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for wearing BVLGARI glasses in Kedarnath, asking him to shed his “arrogance”.
It alleged that the BJP was trying to delay Gujarat assembly polls for its last-minute efforts to woo the people of the state with sops announced by the prime minister.
"In Gujarat, we will be contesting five seats where our organisation is strong. We are not going to weaken the fight there (against the BJP). In the rest of the seats, the party will support Congress," he told reporters here.
The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2017, seeks to replace the September 7 ordinance, which drew widespread criticism from various quarters.
Gandhi will take part in 'Navsarjan Gujarat Janadesh' rally organised by the party in Gandhinagar where OBC leader Alpesh Thakor will join the Congress.
The 'yatra', to mark the launch of the BJP's electoral campaign for next year's Assembly polls, would criss-cross the state, covering all the 224 Assembly segments, BJP national general secretary and Karnataka affairs in-charge Muralidhar Rao told reporters here.
The parties could plan another protest, possibly on the streets, against the note ban, a drive declaring 500 and 1000-rupee notes as illegal to eradicate corruption and black money menace.
On October 12, the EC had announced Assembly poll schedule for Himachal Pradesh but did not announce the dates for Gujarat, only saying that it would go to the polls before December 18
Modi, who is visiting the state for the third time this month, also took the first trip in the ferry from Ghogha to Dahej with 100 visually-impaired children from Bhavnagar
The party has also withheld the name of its candidate for the Mandi constituency from where state minister Kaul Singh Thakur's daughter Champa has demanded the party ticket
The deputy CM asserted that Prasad always had the last word in decisions concerning both the parties in the state
"Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don't try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal (sic)," tweeted the soon-to-be party president.
The information and broadcasting minister also said the Congress leader's attempts would not help his party win the Gujarat Assembly polls and wished Rahul Gandhi on the occasion of the Gujarati New Year.
The Wire had recently published an article claiming a company owned by Jay Shah saw a huge rise in its turnover after BJP came to power at the Centre in 2014.
The EC had on October 12 announced that polling for the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will take place on November 9, but had not declared the Gujarat poll schedule.
Following implementation of GST, people from all walks of life and trading community were affected, the Congress leader said.
Of late, all major party events - especially in the poll-bound states - have been high on Hindu symbolism.
In a tweet on Friday morning, the former finance minister said the poll panel will be recalled from its “extended holiday” after the Gujarat government has announced all concessions and freebies ahead of the election.
KPCC leaders including Parameshwara, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Karnataka party incharge and AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal had met Gandhi in New Delhi on October 12 to discuss the poll strategy.
Chief Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala's tweet came hours after Union minister Smriti Irani sought to put the Congress in the dock on the Bofors issue.
The Congress' allegations against Modi came in response to yesterday's attack by the BJP on Vadra and the Congress leadership following a report on TV channel Times Now which claimed fugitive arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari paid for plane tickets of Sonia's son-in-law.
The video mocks the fact that since the assembly election in 1995, Congress has not been able to win in Gujarat
"What we (CPI) feel is, a pre-poll alliance may not be possible at the national level because in Kerala, Tripura we (Congress and Left parties) are main opponents," he told PTI.