Strongly criticising the incumbent Virbhadra government in Himachal Pradesh on the issue of graft, Prime Minister Modi called it a “laughing club”. Addressing a rally in poll-bound state, he was alluding to the Congress manifesto, where it claimed “zero tolerance” on corruption.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is facing corruption allegations, a case which is going on before the Delhi High Court. The issue has come handy for the BJP, which is sensing a comeback in hill state.
“I feel the Congress has become a laughing club. The chief minister is himself out on bail…,” he said in a rally at Kangra.
Further referring to Himachal Pradesh as the land of gods, as it is popularly termed, Modi said it was time to rid “Devbhoomi” of the monsters like corruption, nepotism and caste politics – something that he attributed to the Congress party rule in Himachal Pradesh.
“It is time to save Himachal Pradesh from those who looted it…from danavas (monsters),” he added.
Attacking Virabhadra Singh, Modi said, was “out on bail” on graft charges. He asked the crowd whether it could digest the fact that such a chief minister had released the Congress manifesto promising to combat corruption.
Despite the charges, he added, Congress leaders came out before the media to release their manifesto, which says the Congress government will show zero tolerance on corruption.
“Can you digest it?” he asked the crowd and added that even a small child from Himachal would not fall for it.
Stepping up political attack on the Congress, the Prime Minister said people across the country were engaged in Swachhta Abhiyan (cleanliness campaign) and were “wiping out” the old party whenever they got the opportunity through elections.
Himachal Pradesh votes on November 9 and the results will be out on December 18. Both the parties released their manifestos this week making string of promises to the voters.
(With inputs from PTI)