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Vadodara: Congress creates controversy by promising ‘dating destinations’ in poll manifesto


The Vadodara unit of the Congress party has raked up a fresh controversy by promising dating destinations with coffee shops to the youth. The promise has been made by the Congress party in its manifesto for the Vadodara Municipal Corporation elections.

Notably, the BJP has registered a strong protest against Congress. The saffron party has said that Congress has never respected Indian values and culture. It has also claimed that the promise of dating destinations made by the Congress will promote ‘love jihad’.

“The Congress has never accepted Indian traditions as its own. Dating is a western concept. Western society needs to date because most people do not live with families. They date to share their emotions,” said Vadodara BJP president Vijay Shah.

He added, “In India, especially in Gujarat, where most people live in joint families, there are many people in the family to share their emotions with. There is no requirement for dating here.”

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The BJP has claimed that the Congress manifesto will mislead the youngsters. Shah pointed out that there is no emotional attraction in dating and it is mostly confined to physical attraction.

The BJP leader also took a dig at the Congress saying that it might also promote alcohol and drugs after dating. “There is a community that tries to mislead young Hindu girls. Dating can promote love jihad. We will bring a law against love jihad in the next assembly session,” Shah asserted.

Society has to evolve with time, says Congress

The Congress has justified its move saying that society has to evolve with time. Congress leader Chandrakant Shrivastava said, “Every coin has two sides. Every manifesto presents an ideology. People will always find problems with everything. But we have to work for what is best for most people. We must change with the times.”

Local body elections in Gujarat

The local body elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases. In the first phase on February 21, elections will be held for municipal corporations. The results for the elections will be declared on February 23.

In the second phase on February 28, elections will be organised for municipalities, district panchayats, and taluka panchayats. The results for the second phase will be declared on March 2.

Notably, the campaigning for municipal corporation polls across six cities in Gujarat including Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara will come to an end at 6 pm today.


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