With the polling date just around the corner for Himachal Pradesh, the BJP, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been holding multiple rallies across the state. From stating that the opposition has already accepted its defeat in the state to calling it a party neck-deep in corruption, PM Modi has launched a scathing attack against the Congress party.
The Prime Minister, who is going to address three rallies in Himachal Pradesh today, will address a gathering in Una before heading to Palampur. He will end the day with a meeting in Kullu. Himachal Pradesh goes to polls on on November 9 and the counting will begin on December 18. Here is all that PM Modi said while campaigning in the state.
Rally in Rehan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarted the party’s campaign in Himachal Pradesh with a rally in in Kangra district’s Rehan. Addressing the election rally, PM continued his tirade against the state government, and said that corruption is the only identity of Congress. “Jinhone Himachal ko loota hai, unko bidai karne ka avsar 9 tareek ko hai. (You have the opportunity to dismiss those who looted the state on November 9),” he said referring to the disproportionate assets case against CM Virbhadra Singh.“Congress party has become a laughing club. The CM has a corruption case against him. He is out on a bail. And then, they come out with a manifesto saying there will be zero tolerance on corruption,” he added.
Donning a traditional Himachali cap, the Prime Minister lashed out at the Congress party saying that it is a party that is neck-deep in ‘Bhrashtachaar’ (corruption), ‘Pariwaarwaad’ (family), ‘Sampardayaik rang mein rangi’ (casteist). “The Congress party of today has nothing in common with the one that Mahatma Gandhi was a part, many freedom lovers were a part. Today, Congress is only about one family and its interests.”
In response to Congress’ senior leader P. Chidambaram’s comment about autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir, Modi said that while the army is doing its job in the state, a leader of “laughing club” is raising his voice for freedom of Kashmir. The Prime Minister also hit out at the detractors of demonetisation saying because they lost their black money, they have been complaining about note-ban.
The Prime Minister also took a jibe against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for meeting China’s envoy during Doklam standoff. “During Doklam row, people said that Modi ji must not forget 1962, but I had faith in the sensible approach of the Indian Army. But it is a cause of great sadness to the country that an individual who has served 10-15 years in Lok Sabha, and whose family members… father was a prime minister, grandmother was a prime minister, great grandfather was a prime minister, who had the opportunity to grow up in a privileged household, he doesn’t trust the country, its government and goes and meets the Chinese ambassador to ask what is happening in Doklam. Is this an insult to the country or not?” he said.
He also said that the Congress needs to introspect why a forgiving country like India is out to punish its leaders by turning away from them one by one. PM Modi also encouraged women voters to come out in more numbers on the polling date. “There are five monsters in Himachal Pradesh which we need to get rid off — mining mafia, forest mafia, drug mafia, tender mafia and transfer mafia,” PM Modi said.
Rally in Raitt
Denouncing the Congress party, PM Modi in the second leg of his campaign in Raitt in Shahpur constituency of Kangra district said that the opposition could continue burning his effigies or candles to instigate people but it cannot stop him from his fight against terrorism. Referring to the ‘anti-black day’ being observed by the opposition to mark a year of demonetisation, he said, “You don’t know Modi is a disciple of Sardar Patel and can’t be stopped, take in writing from me.” “The time has come to return to the poor what had been robbed of them…. I am going to create a situation that they (Congress leaders) would not be able to reclaim their benami assets,” he said.
Taking a dig at the Congress government, the Prime Minister said that the country was looted for 70 years and that his battle against corruption is troubling many people. He also compared corruption with “termite”, saying Congress has become a party with “rotten mentality” and should be wiped. “During the 10 years of UPA, we only heard about scams and corruption. But today things have changed.” He also said that Congress party had lost the confidence of people and that nobody would trust the party in the coming 100 years.
He also said that Congress party had already accepted its defeat because none of its party leaders had come to the state to campaign. “They have already left the field leaving everything on Virbhadra Singh’s fate,” said PM Modi. “Congress is getting the fruits of its sins. If people are angry today, it is due to its own deeds,” he added. Interestingly, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will visit the state on November 6 and address rallies in Paonta Sahib, Chamba, and Nagrota (in Kangra district).
The Prime Minister also spoke about how development was a priority in the state when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister and Prem Kumar Dhumal was the chief minister. “Himachal Pradesh has immense scope for development and hence I urge people to turn out and vote in large numbers on 9th November. These elections are not only about forming a government but building a ‘Bhavya’ & ‘Divya’ Himachal.”