Priyanka Gandhi challenges BJP in Himachal as ruling party eyes victory

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addresses a public meeting for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections in Sirmaur on Thursday (ANI)

State Assembly Elections 2022 The oldest party in the country held rallies in all 68 assembly constituencies simultaneously in the state on the last day of the campaign

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday appealed to the people of Himachal Pradesh to vote the BJP back to power in the upcoming Assembly elections, saying “When you cast your vote on November 12, don’t do it to make Jairam Thakur your CM, but to make Himachal number one state in the country.”

On a visit to the state on Thursday, Shah addressed public rallies in Paonta Sahib town in the Sirmaur and Kangra districts of Himachal Pradesh ahead of the Assembly polls. The senior BJP leader and star campaigner for the party also took a swipe at the Congress saying that it is not a democratic party. “Do you see anything besides a mother and son when you look at the Congress?” he said.

“Congress is not a democratic party, it is a party born out of dynasty,” Shah said taking a jibe at the Congress during a public rally at Paonta Sahib town.

He also addressed a mega public gathering in Palampur city of Kangra district on Thursday, promising voters that the BJP would ensure implementation of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) if voted back. “We have mentioned in our manifesto that as soon as the BJP comes to power in Himachal Pradesh, we will implement the Uniform Civil Code in the state,” Shah said.

Ahead of Himachal polls, BJP National President and star campaigner JP Nadda said that Delhi is far from here but the State is close to PM Modi’s heart, on Thursday. He reminded people that the Prime Minister wore the traditional ‘Chola Dora’ from Chamba on his visit to the Kedarnath temple.

But lashing out at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the state government has no intention of working for development.

Addressing a public rally in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, the Congress star campaigner said the state is saddled with a debt of Rs 70,000 crores. She further claimed that there are over 63,000 vacant posts for government jobs in the state while over 50 per cent of the state’s youth is unemployed. “There are 30 lakh young people in Himachal Pradesh and of them, 15 lakh are unemployed. This at a time when government posts lie vacant in the state. This government (BJP) has snatched jobs and increased inflation,” Priyanka claimed while addressing the public rally on the last day of campaigning for the November 12 state polls.

Priyanka claimed the Congress will make provision for 1 lakh government jobs at its very first cabinet meeting if voted to power in the state.

The Congress was aggressively campaigning for the change of power in Himachal Pradesh on the last day of campaigning on Thursday with the participation of star campaigners including party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holding a door-to-door campaign in Shimla.

The oldest party in the country held rallies in all 68 assembly constituencies simultaneously in the state on the last day of the campaign. On Thursday, Congress took out “Vijay Ashirwad Rally” in all 68 assembly constituencies of Himachal. In this rally, the party’s star campaigners was seen campaigning at many places.

Star Campaigners like Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Bhupesh Baghel, Sachin Pilot and Rajiv Shukla campaigned in the state.

Meanwhile, Congress released its manifesto last week with ’10 guarantees’.

Divulging the contents of the manifesto, chairman of Manifesto Committee Dhani Ram Shandil said an attempt has been made to address issues like price rise, unemployment and issues concerning employees. He said an effort has been made to include the aspirations of women, youth, government employees, ex-servicemen and women in the manifesto.

The 10 guarantees of Congress include the implementation of the Old Pension Scheme, 1 lakh government jobs, as many as 5 lakh jobs for youth, Rs 680 crore Start-up fund for the youth, Rs 1,500 per month to the women, and free electricity up to 300 units of consumption.

The Himachal Pradesh election manifesto of the Congress also assured the people of the hilly state of four English-medium schools in each assembly, mobile clinics for free treatment in each village, the cost price of cow dung at Rs 2 per kilogram, purchase of 10 liters of milk from animal keepers, and the farm owners will be given the liberty to decide the price for their farm produce.

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