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Narendra Modi in Himachal Pradesh highlights: Punish Congress for indulging in corruption, communalism, urges PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing three major rallies in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.

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Narendra Modi in Himachal Pradesh highlights: Punish Congress for indulging in corruption, communalism, urges PM

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Himachal Pradesh election 2017: Tibetan community divided on whether to exercise franchise

As political parties of all shades pursue the 50,25,541 legitimate voters for electing 68 representatives to the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, some 14,000-odd votes hold special significance, not for their numbers but for defining the future status of about 1,20000 Tibetans, living in India, as refugees. But the decision to grant voting rights to people of Tibetan origin born in India, “taken after long-drawn detailed procedures that took 3 to 4 years,” according to Pushpendra Rajput, Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, has divided the community.

Read the full report here

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Meanwhile, Virbhadra Singh slams Narendra Modi over Women's Reservation Bill

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not moving the stalled Women's Reservation Bill, accusing him of betraying the "nation builders".

"Once hailed as ‘nation builders' by PM Modi, the already marginalised Indian women have been most brutally betrayed by the BJP government," the chief minister said attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) central government in a series of tweets.

"Deference of the Women's Reservation Bill is BJP has gone back on its primary manifesto promise for women. And it was only the beginning," he said.

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Narendra Modi in Himachal Pradesh: PM hits out at Congress for abusing subsidy of Rs 57,000 crore

"People used to loot the treasury in the name of subsidies. In the past, 57,000 crore used to get leaked due to rampant corruption in implementing subsidies," Modi said in an election rally at Una.

"Now our policy has stopped the leak. The leaders in Congress cannot bear this, so they are attacking me."

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Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election 2017: Narendra Modi govt is anti-hill states, says Congress

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Thursday dubbed the Modi government as "anti-hill states" and said it failed to fulfil its poll promises. Prime Minister Narendra Modi abolished the special category state status to Himachal Pradesh in 2015, he claimed.

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Modi likened Congress leaders to 'termites' 

At a rally in Kangra on Saturday, Modi likened the Congress to termites and exhorted the people to finish it off by handing over three-fourths majority to the BJP in the 9 November Assembly election.

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After demonetisation, will Modi crack down on benami properties? 

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.

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Congress only knows to disrupt 'vikas', says Modi

Nov 05, 2017 - 15:48 (IST)

Demonetisation not a new idea, says Modi

During Indira Gandhi's rule, the then Union minister Yashwantrao Chavan recommended the scrapping the Rs 100 notes. However, Indira did not approve the idea. "If we want to win elections, do not bring such ideas," Modi claimed Indira told Chavan. Modi claimed that Indira prioritised party over nation by deciding to not pursue note ban. 

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Another salvo from Narendra Modi

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Modi takes potshots at Congress

Nov 05, 2017 - 15:36 (IST)

Congress is responsible for social evils in India

"Corruption was not a major disease 70 years back. There were no such evils even when India was under British rule. So who is responsible for corruption? Who brought communal, caste and social disharmony in India? It is the Congress. Don't you think the party needs to taught a lesson?," Modi said.  

If the youth need to be lead a good life, then such evils need to be tackled. Modi also said that the various mafias in the state are "danav" (monsters) for the dev bhoomi. 

Nov 05, 2017 - 15:30 (IST)

Modi praises the efforts of 125 crore Indians

"I am not responsible for the praise that India is receiving. It is all because of the 125 crore Indians that India is shining in the world," the prime minister said. When foreign leaders meet me, they do not meet me but the 125 crore Indians, he added. 

Nov 05, 2017 - 15:27 (IST)

People in Himachal will vote to punish Congress party 

People in Himachal Pradesh will not only vote to elect BJP but also to punish the corrupt Congress government, Modi said.  "There is an opportunity to give three-fouth majority government to Himachal Pradesh. Such a strong mandate will help state to develop further," Modi said. 

Nov 05, 2017 - 15:23 (IST)

Modi turns emotional in Kullu

Modi said that he has a sense of responsibility towards Himachal Pradesh and would help the state by developing it. Modi, who was the BJP incharge for Himachal Pradesh in the late 90s, said that during his stay in the hill state, he never thought he could come to the state as the prime minister. 

Nov 05, 2017 - 15:19 (IST)

Modi is speaking at Kullu

Nov 05, 2017 - 15:18 (IST)

Himachal Pradesh election 2017: Tibetan community divided on whether to exercise franchise

As political parties of all shades pursue the 50,25,541 legitimate voters for electing 68 representatives to the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, some 14,000-odd votes hold special significance, not for their numbers but for defining the future status of about 1,20000 Tibetans, living in India, as refugees. But the decision to grant voting rights to people of Tibetan origin born in India, “taken after long-drawn detailed procedures that took 3 to 4 years,” according to Pushpendra Rajput, Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, has divided the community.

Read the full report here

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Congress has conceded defeat in Himachal Pradesh as its senior leaders have "run away" from campaigning in the state leaving Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to his fate.

At a rally in Kangra, the state's largest and politically key district, he launched a stinging attack on the Congress over corruption, likening the party to termites, and exhorted the people to finish it off by handing over a three-fourth majority to the BJP in the 9 November Assembly polls.

The alleged corruption of the Congress and his government's pro-poor development works were the central theme of Modi's two election meetings.

He vowed to continue fighting corruption, claiming that it had angered the opposition party which was observing "black money day" on November 8, the first anniversary of demonetisation decision.

The prime minister said the Congress has run away from the battlefield conceding defeat in the 68-member Assembly.

"Elections are a few days away and senior leaders generally do an intensive campaign in these last few days... It seems Congress leaders have left (Chief Minister) Virbhadr Singh to his fate. It seems they have not only left him to his fate but rather hung him by his fate," he said.

Why such a revenge the Congress is inflicting on him at such an age, Modi said sarcastically. Singh is 83.

Narendra Modi in Himachal Pradesh highlights Punish Congress for indulging in corruption communalism urges PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday. PTI

Lashing out at the Congress over corruption in the UPA government as also the party dispensation in the state, he said its "sins" speak to the people, who will not trust it on the issue of honesty for 100 more years.

While most states have accepted his request to do away with interviews for Class III and IV posts, the Himachal government has not, he said, accusing it of breeding corruption in the name of interviewing candidates.

Not only senior leaders of the opposition party but even its next generations of leaders have been infected with this disease, he said.

"Their rotten mindset and rotten work culture will set rot in India's democracy," he said, asking the people to punish the party in the polls.

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.

"The Congress will not improve until you punish it severely," he said, claiming that it will not be seen even through a "microscope" following the poll results in Himachal Pradesh as is the case with it in Bihar and UP.

He said the state had progressed most when Prem Kumar Dhumal was its chief minister and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister as the central government pumped in money which Dhumal used effectively for development of the hill state.

Modi said he and Dhumal, who is the party's chief ministerial candidate, will take Himachal to new heights of development, adding that its infrastructure and tourism sectors needed a boost.

Seeking votes for a "commoner" like Dhumal, he asked the people to vote out "royals", a reference to Singh.

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.

Himachal had received more rail and road projects from his government at the Centre than it had received in many years before, he said, adding that development is solution to all problems.

Modi is scheduled to address a rally each at Palampur, Kullu and Una tomorrow.

Counting of votes in the Assembly polls would be held on 18 December.

 

With inputs from PTI

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