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

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Narendra Modi in Himachal Pradesh highlights: Punish Congress for indulging in corruption, communalism, urges PM
  • 15:57 (IST)

    Congress only knows to disrupt 'vikas', says Modi

  • 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. 

  • 15:44 (IST)

    Another salvo from Narendra Modi

  • 15:43 (IST)

    Modi takes potshots at Congress

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 15:19 (IST)

    Modi is speaking at Kullu

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  • 15:14 (IST)

    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.

  • 14:32 (IST)

    Glimpses of Modi's rally at Una

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Modi praises Aadhaar for reducing corruption

    "Seeding Aadhaar cards with bank accounts have eliminated middlemen and subsidies now reach the beneficiaries directly," the prime minister said. 

  • 14:20 (IST)

    Congress is left with nothing and can only mourn its decline, says Modi

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Himachal will once again celebrate diwali on 18 December: Modi

  • 14:15 (IST)

    Congress is frightened it will be wiped out of 'dev bhoomi'

    Giving the slogan of pehle matdaan phir jalpaan, Modi urged the common man of Palampur to vote en masse for the BJP. He said that the state should teach the Congress a lesson. 

  • 14:12 (IST)

    Not frightened of my effigies being burnt, says Modi 

    "My fight against corruption will continue. I am not afraid of Opposition burning my effigies or protesting against me. For the Congress, corruption is its only identity. After its defeat in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the Opposition is frightened that it will be wiped out in 2019 as well as 2024 polls," Modi said. 

  • 14:07 (IST)

    My fight against corruption will continue, says Modi

    Reiterating that he will continue fighting corruption, Modi said that the Congress will burn the effigies of him because their corrupt practices have come to a halt. Modi added the Congress cannot fathom the fact that a poor mother's son, a chaiwala, is now the prime minister. "They always thiught that it is their sole right to occupy the post."

  • 14:04 (IST)

    Helped reduce prices of LED bulbs

    Modi said that ever since his government has come to power, the prices of the LED bulbs have reduced. This, he believed, has helped the middle class to save a lot of money. "We reduced the prices of LED bulbs from Rs 300-400 to jsut Rs 40-50," Modi said. 

  • 13:59 (IST)

    Working towards housing for all till 2022

    Narendra Modi reiterated his committment to build houses for every Indian by 2022. he praised the middle class for driving the country's economy.  "They live with honesty and integrity. They follow all rules. But if the government does not listen to them what will happen to them. So we are offering many schemes to help tjhem," he added. 

  • 13:52 (IST)

    Modi praises Dhumal in Palampur

    Prem Kumar Dhumal is known for his contribution towards promoting tourism in the state. These elections are not about who will form the government or who will become the chief minister, but are about transforming lives of people in Himachal Pradesh," Modi said in Palampur. 

  • 13:50 (IST)

    Congress leaders look to loot people, says Modi

    "Congress leaders look to loot as much as they can when they come to power. But there are people of Himachal, who will decide how to punish them," Modi said at his rally in Palampur. 

  • 13:46 (IST)

    Narendra Modi praises Shanta Kumar

    "Congress has the habit of spending leisure time in power. But BJP is a party with a difference. Shanta Kumar, our first CM, spent his tenure in providing water to people in the hills," Modi said. 

  • 13:38 (IST)

    Modi is speaking at Palampur 

  • 13:35 (IST)

    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."

  • 13:33 (IST)

    Omar Abdullah takes potshots at Modi

    After Narendra Modi said that the jawans are being attacked by stone pelters in the Kashmir Valley, Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to criticise him. 

  • 12:37 (IST)

    GST benefited transport sector, says Modi

    "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," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. 

  • 12:29 (IST)

    Modi talks tough on black money

    "After demonetisation, at least three lakh companies came under the scanner. We did a sample survey of 5,000 companies and saw that they at least transacted Rs 4,000 crore worth of black money. I can only imagine what will happen if we look the transactions of all the companies," Modi said. 

  • 12:24 (IST)

    Modi slams Congress benami property issue

    "They are worried that their property will be confisticated, so they are perotesting on 8 November. Benami property raised property prices and dashed the dreams of the common man," Modi said. Modi also slammed Rajiv Gandhi and his successors for not acting on the benami property law for at least 30 years. 

    "They took the credit for making the law but did not implement," Modi said. 

  • 12:15 (IST)

    Modi pushes for tourism development in Himachal Pradesh

  • 12:12 (IST)

    Narendra Modi slams Rajiv Gandhi

    Narendra Modi took potshots at former PM Rajiv Gandhi's statement that one rupee ends up as 15 paise when it reaches villages. Modi said Rajiv was such a doctor who diagnosed the problem of corruption but did not do anything about it. He added that he has made sure that the whole of 100 paise now goes to the pockets of the poor. 

  • 12:05 (IST)

    Congress abused subsidy system, says Modi

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

  • 12:00 (IST)

    Modi slams Congress, says the fight is one-sided this time

  • 11:56 (IST)

    Modi says peole are ready to boot out Congress

    "This is the first time that we need to say that the election has been fought and won by the people of Himachal Pradesh. People here are ready to teach Congress a lesson," Modi said in Una. 

  • 11:48 (IST)

    A storm raging against corrupt Congress, says Modi

    In the last 20 years, there has not been a single election where I have not been involved. But this is an unprecedented elction. I know where the wind is blowing.A storm is raging here against corrupt Congress. 

  • 11:41 (IST)

    Modi is addressing a rally in Una

  • 11:38 (IST)

    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.

  • 11:36 (IST)

    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.

  • 11:29 (IST)

    Thwarchand Gehlot oversees preparations for Palampur rally today

    Ahead of Modi's rally at Palampur on Sunday, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot visited the site to oversee the preparations. 

  • 11:27 (IST)

    Watch: BJP's vision document for Himachal Pradesh

  • The Indian Express noted.  ">

    11:23 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi will visit Himachal on Monday

    Narendra Modi's Sunday rallies come a day before Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will visit the state. Rahul will be addressing rallies in Paonta Sahib, Chamba, and Nagrota in Kangra district, The Indian Express noted. 

  • 11:18 (IST)

    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.

  • 11:15 (IST)

    Watch: Modi attacked Congress in Saturday's rally 

  • 11:13 (IST)

    Recap: Huge crowds attended Modi's Saturday rally 

  • 11:11 (IST)

    BJP promises to increase education allowance for 'divyangs'

  • 11:04 (IST)

    Narendra Modi's rallies today

    At 11 am, Modi is expected to address a rally in Una, before moving to Palampur at 1 pm. His final rally will be at Kullu at 3 pm. 

  • 10:58 (IST)

    Updates for 5 November 2017 begin

  • 16:34 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi concludes his speech

  • 16:33 (IST)

    Development will protect posterity, says Modi

  • 16:32 (IST)

    Modi bats for farmers

    Catering to the farmers in the state, Modi said, "We addressed the troubles farmers faced for urea. Neem coating of urea has benefitted farmers immensely."

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.

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

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

Updated Date: Nov 05, 2017 16:43 PM

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