PM Modi calls Himachal election 'one-sided contest', alleges Congress for corruption

06 November, 2017, 02:03 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Himachal BJP accuses congress for stealing their manifesto

Launching yet another salvo at the Congress for spearheading the Opposition's plan to observe November 8, the anniversary of demonetisation, as "Black Day", PM Modi alleged that the party was still seething after its illegitimate wealth got wiped out due to the note ban.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday likened the Congress to "termites" and asked the voters of Himachal Pradesh to "uproot" their ruling party and give a three-fourths majority to the BJP. "The leaders in Congress can not bear this, so they are attacking me", the Prime Minister said. "No senior Congress leader came here to campaign".

'The Congress party has left the ground and run away. "It seems they have not only left him to his fate but rather hung him by his fate", he said. "The Congress can not scare me by burning my effigies", he said at a well-attended poll rally in Kullu. After 41 months, the Railway Ministry says they have no such plans.

The Congress was now reduced to propping up rebels against the BJP to create instability in the state following polls but the saffron party was getting huge support, he said. Donning a Himachali cap, Modi, on his third and last round of election tour of the state, said: "In the last 20 years, there has not been a single election where I have not been involved".


He said after the people of Uttar Pradesh brought the BJP to power, the Congress had started to fear that it would find it hard to deal with him even in 2024.

The polls are crucial for the chief ministerial candidates for both parties -veteran Congress leader and incumbent chief minister Virbhadra Singh, 83, and BJP's Prem Kumar Dhumal, 73.

He cited his government's move to provide cooking gas cylinders to poor households, Mudra scheme to boost entrepreneurship, its decision to cap prices of medicine and medical equipment like heart stents, reducing cost of LED bulbs and other measures to showcase its pro-poor and pro- development credentials. There was maximum development in Himachal when Atal Ji was in Delhi and Dhumal Ji was here in Himachal. "A mere change of government will not solve the problem". The results of Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 will be declared on December 18.

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