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Rahul announces Virbhadra as CM candidate again in Himachal

Mandi, Oct 7 (UNI) Setting at rest all the speculations, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday categorically declared that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will be chief ministerial candidate again for the seventh time in Himachal Pradesh.

Addressing a Congress rally in the historic sprawling Paddal Stadium here, Mr Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making false promises ever since he came to power.

''Mr Modi beguiled the people by promising them that on coming to power, the BJP government would bring back the entire black money dumped in foreign banks and the share of each person would be Rs 15 lakh. People were befooled and they (people) did not get a single pie,'' he lamented.

The Congress leader alleged that ''the economic policies of the Modi government had also betrayed the hopes of the people. The ill-timed demonetisation, without necessary home work had broken the backbone of the petty traders and the GST had further added to the woes of the business community.''

He said the stark need of today was employment and self employment for the youths of the country who were at present feeling desperate and disappointment with the BJP government.

Mr Gandhi shared his study of the economy of Gujarat during his recent tour of the state and was shocked to observe that there were over 30 lakh unemployed youths in the home state of the Prime minister while only a handful of rich industrialists were prospering there.

He asked the Prime Minister to tell the people of India what promises he had fulfilled during his rule of 42 months.

The Congress leader, who had apparently done his home work, compared Gujarat with that of Himachal about increasing network of schools, 45 colleges, hundreds of hospitals and health centers , network of medical colleges etc and claimed that pace of development in the hill state was faster than compared to that of Gujarat.

Mr Virbhadra Singh, who appeared cheerful after being projected by Mr Gandhi as chief minister for the seventh time, dwelt at length about his contribution in the development of the state in all spheres – power generation, tourism, education, horticulture and added that he would continue to usher in prosperity in Himachal Pradesh.

Health Minister Thakur Kaul Singh said Himachal Pradesh had progressed by leaps and bounds under the leadership of Virbhadra Singh.

Rajya Sabha member Anand Sharma said Himachal had emerged as a model of hill development in the country.

Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee had organised the rally at Mandi as a rejoinder to counter the impact of the Modi Rally at Bilaspur on the occasion of the laying the foundation stone of AIIMS where the Prime Minister had made sarcastic remarks on Virbhadra Singh and the Congress, alleging that the entire party was “on bail”.

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