Himachal Pradesh elections 2017 highlights: Corruption is the only identity of Congress party, says PM Modi

Himachal elections 2017: "We want to fulfill the aspirations of poor and neo-middle class. Our initiatives are aimed at strengthening and empowering them," said PM Modi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 5, 2017 6:29:00 pm
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With just four days left before Himachal Pradesh goes to polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday mocked the Opposition saying the party has already left the battlefield and it is a one-sided contest in the upcoming elections. Addressing a public rally at Una, PM Modi said, “This is the first time I am witnessing such enthusiasm for BJP that I am witnessing this time in the people of Himachal Pradesh during elections as the people of the hill-state have already made up their mind to teach Congress a lesson.”

In his Palampur rally, the prime minister once again launched an attack on the Congress party saying welfare of the people has never been a priority for the Congress party and therefore the only identity of the party now is corruption. PM Modi also addressed a public rally to end his day’s campaign in Kullu. The elections to the 68-seat assembly will be held on November 9 and counting of votes will begin on December 18.

Himachal Pradesh elections 2017 highlights:

03.56 pm: Our stress is on enhancing infrastructure in Himachal Pradesh so that it boosts tourism in the state: PM Modi

03.52 pm: For Congress, it is never ‘Dal Se Bada Desh’. For them only their party’s interest comes first: PM Modi

03.47 pm: Himachal Pradesh needs to be free from 5 Mafias – ‘Mining Mafia’, ‘Forest Mafia’, ‘Drug Mafia’, ‘Tender Mafia’ & ‘Transfer Mafia’: PM Modi

03.45 pm: Congress and corruption are inseparable. Their leaders are out on bail and they are speaking about putting a check on corruption: PM Modi

03.38 pm: For 70 years, Congress ruled the country but they were only involved in corruption, spreading lies, casteism and nepotism: PM Modi

03.37 pm: I urge people to elect a BJP government with 3/4th majority in these elections: PM Modi

03.35 pm: To vote during the elections is a right that must be exercised. On 9th November people of Himachal Pradesh will vote for change: PM Modi

03.15 pm: PM Narendra Modi has started addressing a Parivartan Rally in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.

02. 20 pm: I urge people and especially women of Himachal Pradesh to turn out in large numbers and vote for the BJP on November 9: PM Modi in Palampur

02.18 pm: The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) is decided to form a government in the state and the state will once again celebrate Diwali on December 18.

02.15 pm: Seeding Aadhaar cards with bank accounts have eliminated middlemen and subsidies now reach the beneficiaries directly: PM Modi

02.10 pm: Congress is going to mourn in the upcoming week, it is natural because they have nothing left now except to grieve: PM Modi

02.05 pm: We are carrying out the mantra of ‘Vikas’ (development) but the Congress is worried about it. The party is using all possible means to blame us but our fight against black money and corruption will continue: PM Modi

02.00 pm: We want to fulfill the aspirations of poor and neo-middle class. Our initiatives are aimed at strengthening and empowering them: PM Modi in Palampur

01.50 pm: Welfare of people has never been a priority for the Congress party. The only identity of the party is corruption, therefore the people of Himachal Pradesh have decided to teach a lesson to those who have cheated them: PM Modi in Palampur

01.45 pm: Former Himachal CM Shanta Kumar ji took up herculean task of laying water pipelines, Prem Kumar Dhumal ji’s contribution towards promoting tourism in the state is well known. Dhumal ji understand that the state can only progress if tourism is promoted well and he has done everything to ensure this: PM Modi in Palampur

01.40 pm: These elections are not about who will form the government or who will become the CM, but are about transforming lives of people in Himachal Pradesh: PM Modi in Palampur

12.40 pm: Few people who faced the heat of demonetisation are still complaining and planning to observe November 8 as black money day. If the Congress observes the note ban anniversary as black money day, then the whole country will celebrate it as anti-black money day: PM Modi in Una

12.35 pm: Congress did not implement the benami assets law as they were well aware it would reveal all their wrong doings. Those who have looted the country are not going to be saved, the law will do their work and everyone will have to answer: PM Modi in Una

12.30 pm: This country has warmly welcomed GST(Goods and Services Tax) as it has immensely benefited the transport sector. Truck movement between the states has gained pace: PM Modi in Una

12.25 pm: What was the reason that infrastructure development was so slow during the Congress? After we came to power, things changed within three years: PM Modi in Una

12.20 pm: Our focus is on ‘Vikas’. Only development is the solution to all the troubles and take the nation to greater heights: PM Modi in Una

12.15 pm: The country’s development depends on how we can make the country’s all-round development that reaches every person in the country and this is our priority: PM Modi in Una

12.10 pm: We are working to fulfill people’s aspirations. We will ensure jobs for youth, healthcare for elderly and proper education for children: PM Modi in Una

12.08 pm: To promote tourism in Himachal, our government is committed to building the best road in Himachal: PM Modi in Una

12.05 pm: Now no one can snatch the right of the poor of the country. The poor man in Himachal will get his right. The money we release, we ensure it is completely utilised for people’s welfare: PM Modi in Una

12.00 pm: People are now well aware of our government that works dedicatedly and a government that used to make only statements: PM Modi in Una

11:55 am: I will be sad about only one thing in this election, that is the Congress party has already left the battlefield, and such one-sided election has never happened before: PM Modi in Una

11:50 am: This is a clear indication that people want change: PM Modi in Una

11.40 am: In the last 20 years, there wasn’t a single election I have seen like I am seeing this time. This is the first time I am witnessing such enthusiasm for BJP in the people of Himachal Pradesh during elections as the people of the hill-state have already made up their mind to teach Congress a lesson: PM Modi

10.00 am: On Saturday, PM Modi hinted at a crackdown on ‘benami’ properties, and said the Congress is worried as such assets of its leaders will not be spared in his government’s action. He said the Congress’ campaign against demonetisation was driven by its attempts to mislead the people and create an atmosphere against him before he can raise a “storm” over benami assets.”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.

9.30 am: Emphasising on the need for healthy Centre-state relations, Modi claimed there was maximum development in the state when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was in power in the central government and BJP’s current chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal was in Himachal. “Himachal Pradesh has immense scope for development and hence I urge people to turn out and vote in large numbers on November 9,” he added.

Read | Everything PM Modi said during the campaign so far

9.15 am: PM Modi also took a jibe at the Congress party for planning to observe November 8 as a black day, the first anniversary of demonetisation. He said, “They’re going to celebrate November 8 as black day and burn my effigies. They don’t know Modi is disciple of Sardar Patel and won’t be cowed down.”

9.00 am: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is also scheduled to visit the state on November 6, when he will be addressing rallies in Paonta Sahib, Chamba, and Nagrota (in Kangra district). Rahul has just wound up his three-day tour of poll-bound state Gujarat. The Gujarat state Assembly elections will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14, 2017, and the results will be announced on December 18. The tenure of the Gujarat Assembly expires in January 2018.

On Saturday, PM Modi launched a scathing attack on the Opposition during a rally in Raitt district saying the Congress party had lost the trust of its own leaders and were now looking at rebels from other parties. “No senior Congress leader came here to campaign. They have already left the field leaving everything on fate,” he said.

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