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4:18 am - Wednesday April 25, 2018

Modi seeks end of Congress “mafia rule” in Himachal

Agencies, Rehan, Kangra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tore into the ruling Congress party in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday terming it as a “laughing club” and asked people to get rid of the “mafia rule” in the state as campaigning picked up for the November 9 Assembly elections.

“I feel like the Congress party has become a laughing club.” Modi said, referring to the Congress Manifesto whose manifesto released on Wednesday which said if the party comes back to power it would not tolerate corruption.

Addressing an election rally at Rehan village of Fatehpur constituency in Kangra district, he said the Congress has ‘’five demons’’ and they are the ‘’mining mafia, forest mafia, drug mafia, tender mafia and transfers mafia’’.

‘’Souls of these five demons are in the polling booth,’’ Modi said and urged the assembled crowd to press the buttons meant for BJP candidates in the voting machines to “oust those who have looted the state’’.

He called the Congress “rotten” and said corruption is its “only identity”, and it is involved in dynastic rule. The Congress reacted strongly to the prime minister’s comments and accused him of failing to fulfill the promises made to the people of Himachal Pradesh.

Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala described the Modi government as the ‘enemy’ of the hill state, saying that the special status given to the industrial areas of Himachal Pradesh was withdrawn by the Centre in 2015.

‘‘Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh made several requests to the Centre to grant the status of ‘Special Hilly state’ to Himachal but it was turned down by Mr Modi,” Surjewala said in New Delhi.

This Kangra district has 15 seats in the 68-member assembly. In the 2012 elections, the Congress won 10 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party got three. BJP chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal is contesting from Sujanpur constituency.

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Vapi, Gujarat: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that India can beat China in employment creation if the government adopts a 100 per cent focused approach.

He also urged the government to increase expenditure in health and education sector and to give more autonomy to institutes like IITs to make them a 21st century knowledge hub which could compete with world-class institutes like Harvard university and MIT and pave the way for creation of more such institutes in India.

Mr Gandhi, who resumed the third leg of his Navsarjan Gujarat Yatra in South Gujarat Thursday evening after a break to visit Raebareli in the wake of the NTPC boiler explosion incident, during his interaction with the traders and other intellectuals in Vapi city of Valsad district said that the country was facing three main problems in the form of poor state of Education, Health-care sector and employment generation.

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