Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a scathing attack on the Congress party, saying “when it comes to honestly, people of the country will not believe Congress even in the coming 100 years”.
“There was a time when newspapers were full of 2G Spectrum and corruption news all over. At the time of Congress regime there was discussion about how much has gone and now we discuss how much has come,” Modi said while speaking at a rally in Sundarnagar of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh.
He said that the upcoming assembly elections in the hilly state were not only about forming a new government but building a grand and divine state. "This election is not only about forming a government but building a Bhavya (grand) and Divya (divine) Himachal," he opined.
The Prime Minister also said that his government will teach lesson to those who looted the country and added that people of Himachal will give stringent punishment to Congress this time.
“We want to change lives in villages in India be it roads, railways, air, highways. We want to work for Himachal. Modern infrastructure brings development. Himachal has much potential to expand its tourism sector. We want to strengthen it further,” he said.
4:29pm: NDA government has successfully managed to sort out the issue of urea, there is no more shortage of urea: PM Modi
4:23pm: NDA government distributed 27 crore LED bulbs, slashed their price from Rs 350 to Rs 50 and saved Rs 40,000 crore and electricity as well: PM Modi
4:20pm: Even after 70 years of independence, there were many villages without electricity. My government is committed to electrification of villages: PM Modi
4:18pm: We want to change lives in villages in India be it roads, railways, air, highways. We want to work for Himachal: PM Modi
4:15pm: Congress is worried over my future action against benaami properties, is trying to mislead people: Modi
4:08pm: For the next 100 years, people of the country will never show confidence in the Congress in the name of honesty: PM
4:05pm: If Congress thinks that they will continue to rob people and no one will keep a check on them, they are wrong: PM Modi
4:03pm: People used to discuss about the money we have lost in the country, but now we only talk of gains: PM
4pm: There was a time when newspapers were full of 2G Spectrum and corruption news all over: PM Modi
3:55pm: PM Modi addresses rally in Mandi
PM Modi's Raitt rally
Prime Minster Narendra Modi today launched a blistering attack on the Congress party for its plans to burn the effigy of the PM on November 8 and said that he won't be cowed down by such acts.
"People who were habitual looters and were forced to return the money they grabbed, won't let me be at peace. They're going to celebrate 8 November as black day and burn my effigies. They don't know Modi is disciple of Sardar Patel and won't be cowed down," PM Modi said while addressing an election rally at Raitt in Kangra.
Predicting a three-fourth majority for the BJP in the upcoming elections, the prime minister said that the Congress will not be visible in the state in coming years.
He also alleged that Congress leaders have already left the battlefield in Himachal leaving everything to fate.
"No senior Congress leader came here to campaign. They have already left the field, leaving everything on fate. I have heard that Congress has lost the trust of it's own leaders and is looking for rebels in other parties," he added.
Highlights of Modi's Raitt speech:
02:43pm- PM Modi concludes his speech
02:41pm- Himachal Pradesh witnessed maximum development when Atal ji was in Delhi and Dhumal ji was here: PM Modi
02:37pm- In 2014, Congress had promised to provide 9 gas cylinders per year. When we came to power, we decided to provide gas through pipelines: PM Modi
02:35pm- If the Congress thinks that it can frighten me by burning my effigies, then it's mistaken. Modi will continue to fight against corruption: PM Modi
02:33pm- They're going to celebrate 8 November as black day and burn my effigies. They don't know Modi is disciple of Sardar Patel and won't be cowed down: PM Modi
02:26pm- People who were habitual looters and were forced to return the money they grabbed, won't let me be at peace. Even you know that: PM Modi
02:22pm- Congress is getting the fruits of its sins. If people are angry today, it is due to its own deeds: PM Modi
02:20pm- There should not be a single polling booth where this termite (Congress) remains alive: PM Modi
02:15pm- I haven't come here to ask you to ensure BJP’s win. I have come here to ask you to give the party 3/4th majority: PM Modi
02:12pm- Congress will not be visible in Himachap Pradesh for many years after these elections: PM Modi
02:10pm- Congress leaders have run away from battlefield, leaving everything to fate: PM Modi
02:07pm- I have heard that Congress has lost the trust of it's own leaders and is looking for rebels in other parties: PM Modi
02:05pm- No senior Congress leader came here to campaign. They have already left the field, leaving everything on fate: PM Modi
02:00pm- PM Modi begins his speech
On Thursday, PM Modi addressed an election rally at Kangra where he attacked the Congress and its leadership, calling the party “a product of a sick mindset and outlook”, and added that it was no longer the Congress of Mahatma Gandhi but a party based on principles of corruption and dynastic rule.
Appealing the voters to get rid of Congress in Himachal, Mr. Modi said in Dhaula Kuan near Nahan in Sirmaur district: “A new and an honest government is on the way in Himachal and that would not allow anyone to plunder the resources of this small hill State.”
The Prime Minister also endorsed the name of Prem Kumar Dhumal for the top post in the State and said the party would sweep polls in coming Assembly elections.
Polling for the 68-member Himachal Assembly will take place on November 9 while counting of votes is scheduled for December 18.