Says the party has ‘fled’ the battlefield
Una (Himachal Pradesh): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday invoked former PM Rajiv Gandhi’s ‘15 paise’ remark to take a dig at the Congress during an election rally in Himachal Pradesh. He also hit out at the previous UPA government for “abusing” subsidy of Rs 57,000 crore meant for the poor.
“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 at the rally here.
“Now our policy has stopped the leak. The leaders in Congress cannot bear this, so they are attacking me.”
Taking potshots at Rajiv Gandhi’s 1985 statement that Re 1 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 has made sure that the whole of 100 paise now goes to the pockets of the poor.”
Modi also declared the November 9 election in the state as a one-sided contest, saying the Congress had “fled” the battlefield.
“I have never seen such enthusiasm for the BJP that I am witnessing this time in Himachal Pradesh. It’s a one-sided contest. I am not enjoying these elections as much as the Congress has fled the battlefield.”
Campaigning for the third day in a row in the state that goes to the polls on November 9, he said the election was not being fought by his party, the BJP, but the people of the state who were out to “teach” a lesson to the Congress for corruption and poor law and order.
“I am sad as I am not enjoying the election this time, as the Congress party has left the ground and run away. These elections have become one-sided,” he said at a rally.
Donning a Himachali cap, Modi said that troopers from the state were “targeted by stone-pelters in Kashmir”.
The BJP has named two-time CM Prem Kumar Dhumal as its chief ministerial candidate to take on incumbent and Congress candidate Virbhadra Singh.
The counting of votes will take place on December 18.