Congress leaders hotfooting it in hills


Countering the high-voltage campaign of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Himachal Pradesh with Prime Minister Narendra Modi talking about several rallies across the state, senior leaders of the Congress, including the chief Punjab minister, Amarinder Singh, and the former chief minister of Delhi, Shiela Dixit, held rallies throughout the state.

Condemning the Prime Minister’s remark comparing Congress to “termites,” Captain Singh said it was a sign of desperation that the BJP had brought to its entire leadership including several union ministers to campaign in the small mountainous state. The prime minister is also making frantic rounds of the small state that is inexplicable, he said.

“If Congress were a termite, the country would have already collapsed, but instead it has made a lot of progress in the last 70 years,” said Captain Singh.

The leader of the Congress, who addressed a rally in Fatehpur in support of high-ranking congress minister Sujan Singh Pathania and another in Nachan in Mandi, said he had assessed a total swing against the BJP in the hill state. He said that the poorly conceived decisions of the BJP led by Modi, such as demonetization and the tax on goods and services (GST, for its acronym in English) had made people get on their knees and completely disappointed in the party.

He makes fun of the bullet train

He also ridiculed the Prime Minister’s decision to enter the bullet train at a high cost into the public purse and offering trips at higher prices than plane tickets.

Noting that Himachal Pradesh had witnessed great development in all aspects under the current government, the Prime Minister of Punjab said that the people of the hill state still wished for continued progress and peace, which only Congress could give them.