Mandi, Oct 9: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday announced that incumbent Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will be the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate for the upcoming assembly election in Himachal Pradesh.
Addressing a rally at Paddal ground here, Mr. Gandhi said that Virbhadra Singh, 83, has ensured uniform development of the entire hill state and was confident that the Congress party would retain power.
“Virbhadra Singhji, you became Chief Minister six times and I assure that you would become the Chief Minister for the seventh time also and the entire Congress party stands behind you,” Mr. Gandhi said.
Mr. Gandhi also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of unemployment, demonetisation and “hasty” implementation of Goods and Service Tax (GST).
Taking on the Prime Minister on the issue of rising unemployment, the Congress leader alleged that the NDA government had failed to fulfil the promise to provide jobs to 2 crore people.
“And the ground situation is that 30,000 job seekers are being added every 24 hours, but only 450 persons are getting jobs per day while our competitor China is giving jobs to 50,000 persons every day.”
“The hasty implementation of GST resulted in loss of 30 lakh jobs,” he alleged, adding it caused inconvenience to traders.
Demonetisation led to a drop in GDP and badly hit the common man, he said.
Lambasting the Gujarat model, Mr. Gandhi compared the development of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat on different parameters to claim that the hill state fared better.
Referring to the plight of farmers, Mr. Gandhi said that maximum suicides are taking place in the BJP-ruled states.
Addressing the rally, Chief Ministerial candidate Virbhadra Singh said that his government ensured uniform development without any other consideration, and that development would be the main election plank of the party in the assembly polls.
Deputy leader of Congress party in Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, said that the credit for development of the country goes only to the Congress and asked the people to bring the party to power for the sake of the country.
Source The Hindu