Rajnath Singh targets Congress on corruption in HP

Congress releases vision document for Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls

"Their chief minister (Virbhadra Singh) is out on bail in a corruption case and the party writes "zero tolerance on corruption" in their election manifesto", PM Modi said, eliciting laughter and applause from the gathering.

"There is not a single leader in this laughing club who has the courage to criticise this leader", he said.

During the last five years, development has come to a halt and people have been forced to live under the shadow of terror due to various mafias "flourishing" under the patronage of the Congress party and its leaders, he told election rallies at Thunag in Seraj constituency in Mandi district and Hamirpur. He said this was not the Congress of Mahatma Gandhi "but of corruption, dynasty politics and casteism. The country has suffered enough under decades of Congress rule, the people have now decided not to spare the Congress", PM Modi said.

Without taking the Gandhi scion's name, Modi said it was sad and shocking that a person, whose great grandfather, grandmother and father were all prime ministers, doesn't trust his country's constitution and elected government.

The election in Himachal Pradesh will go to polls for 68 assembly seats on 9 November.

"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", he added. "Congress knows they'll be wiped off".




The prime minister also brought up India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru with a reference to the Jan Sangh, which he said was created to counter the Congress through the efforts of leaders like Shanta Kumar, a former chief minister of the state and a BJP candidate.

Congress is left with nothing; whenever people are getting the chance they are voting them out of power.

"I know we will win anyway, because I have worked in Himachal and know the pulse of the people of this hill state..." "I can sense the love you all have for the BJP".

He also defended his government's demonetisation decision, saying it aimed at ending corruption.

"The government closed down over two lakh shell companies".

Reaching out to the state's 2.4 million women voters, Modi said if they wanted to secure their children's future, they should ensure at least 5% higher turnout then men.

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