Himachal Pradesh elections 2017 turns into huge battle between BJP and Congress

07 November, 2017, 01:53 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Residents waiting with empty LPG cylinders at Doon constituency in Himachal Pradesh

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.

"They are going to celebrate November 8 as black day and burn my effigies".

Slashing harsh attacks on the Prime Minister, Rahul said that Narendra Modi though speaks against corruption but chose to be tight lipped over the Vypam Scam in Madhya Pradesh, where the entire education system was sold out and 50 people were killed. The Congress leader complimenting the Cheif Minister said that Virbhadra Singh is also a man of the first category.

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"Modi talks of fighting corruption, but why does he has no issues in inducting (former Trinamool leader) Mukul Roy, (former Congress leader) Narayan Rane and (former Karnataka Chief Minister) B.S. Yeddyurappa into the Bharatiya Janata Party?" 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 further added that while not even one government school was closed in Himachal, around 13000 government schools were shut down in Gujarat.

Kumar was a candidate from Barsar in Himachal's Hamirpur district.

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Modi claimed that the poor and the middle class were back to work but the dishonest people were angry with him and wanted to seek revenge from him as he forced them to deposit their bagfuls of cash with banks.

Continuing his criticism of the Himachal Government over the development in the state, Singh claimed that the BJP-governed states had shown a visible growth in comparison. "You have a chance again", he said. The party has promised interest-free loans to farmers, laptops for students, jobs for youth and special grade pay-scale for all employees. He added that in those years (the UPA government rule from 2004-2014) one discussed how much money was lost, while now one discussed how much money had come in the government coffers.

Listing down the achievements of the incumbent Congress government in Himachal Pradesh, Rahul said that according to the reports released by a member of the NITI Aayog, of all the states in India, the rate of corruption is the least in Himachal Pradesh.

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