PM Modi calls Himachal election 'one-sided contest', alleges Congress for corruption

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PM Modi calls Himachal election 'one-sided contest', alleges Congress for corruption

Results for both states will be counted on December 18.

At poll rallies in Himachal Pradesh seeking support for a BJP government with three-fourth majority, he accused former prime minister Indira Gandhi of not going for a note ban when needed and said he would not have had to carry out this big task had she taken the step years ago.

The Congress leader's rally in Paonta Sahib was first among the three public addresses that he will hold today. Also, the Congress manifesto focuses on the youths and farmers. "A storm is raging here against the corrupt Congress".

Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his charge of rampant corruption in the Congress-ruled state, the Congress scion claimed that as per a NITI Aayog report graft levels in Himachal Pradesh were way below others. "Modi has never spoken on Narayan Rane, the Badals (in Punjab) or Anurag Thakur's Himchal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA)", the Congress vice-president said at a rally in Chamba.

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Donning a Himachali cap, Modi, on his third and last election tour of the state, said: "In the last 20 years, there has not been a single election where I have not been involved". I am not afraid of Opposition burning my effigies or protesting against me.

Rahul said that while Narendra Modi always talks about corruption, he has been silent on the Vyapam scam. But, Modi said, he would miss the fun of fighting an election as Congress has already left the battlefield. Rahul said that according to Modi, it is 'faal sab kha jao, kaam ki chinta mat karo' (eat away all the fruits and need not bother about the works to be done).

The Prime Minister said he will pay off the debt through development in the state. Not missing the chance as always, Rahul also attacked BJP President Amit Shah and his son Jay Shah saying that over that also Modi was quiet.

He reiterated that the state needs to be freed of five danavs (demons) - "mining mafia, forest mafia, drug mafia, tender mafia and 'transfer mafia", for which the state needs to throw out the incumbent Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government.

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