As Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi make a beeline for temples in Gujarat to woo Hindu voters, Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said BJP was the “original” pro-Hindutva party and no one will vote for a “clone”, referring to Congress.

In a press conference in Surat, days before the first phase of polling on December 9, Jaitley said, “BJP has always been seen as a pro-Hindutva party so if an original is available why one would prefer a clone.”

Without taking any party or political leaders’ name, Jaitley added fuel to the already burning fire of ‘temple politics’ in the state.

Noting that while BJP had maintained its credibility, and Congress was slowly becoming extinct, the Finance Minister said Gujarat is a very important region for BJP because we have been winning and serving here more than two decades.

“During 80s politics of social polarisation was rampant here. The region got rid of that under BJP govt and we have been constantly trying to take it on the path to development,” he said.

The assembly polls in Gujarat will be held on December 9 and 14. The results for the 182-member assembly will be declared on December 18.