Noted actor and the BJP's Lok Sabha candidate for Ahmedabad-East seat, Paresh Rawal, arrived in the city on Tuesday to start his election campaign and vouched to work for the people of the constituency.
During an interaction with mediapersons after arriving at the airport, Rawal also made it clear that making Narendra Modi the prime minister was in his priority list.
"To make Narendra Modi our next prime minster is the most important agenda for me and people of my constituency during this election," said Rawal.
To a question on him being labelled as an outsider, Rawal said he belonged to the city. "I am not at all an outsider. I belong to Ahmedabad and I usually stay here for almost one month once every year. Many of my relatives live here and my native place Paliad is also nearby."
The actor-turned-politician added he would first visit Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's statue and then meet party workers.
He denied having differences with sitting MP Harin Pathak, who was not given ticket by the BJP this time. "We don't have any differences. He is like my elder brother and we will work together for BJP."
Meanwhile, after being denied the ticket, Pathak, who has shown his displeasure, alleged that the BJP was pampering "outsiders".
To decide his action plan, Pathak had called a press conference earlier in the day. The BJP top leadership, however, stepped in and called him to Delhi before Rawal landed.
Asked about the ongoing protest against him by Pathak's supporters, particularly in Dehgam which observed a bandh on Monday, Rawal said he would meet party workers and listen to them.
"I will meet each party worker. Without workers, one can never become a true leader," said Rawal, who is scheduled to meet workers at Bapunagar and Vatva in the evening.
He will meet party workers from Gandhinagar South on Wednesday morning and then visit Dehgam, Nikol, Thakkarbapanagar and Naroda.
Rawal slammed the Congress for not doing anything for 65 years. "I have full confidence in Modi and his policies. Just like Gujarat, he will transform India. Just like him, I will work for people. Congress was in power for 65 years, but they lack good intention, while Modi changed Gujarat in 12 years," he said.