On the penultimate day of campaigning in Uttarakhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed several rallies in the state on Sunday. The state goes to polls on February 15.
In Shrinagar, the Prime Minister hit out at the Congress government for lack of development in the state, especially in tourism and allied sectors.
“Have you ever thought why despite having such great potential Uttarakhand has lagged behind Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand which were created together by Atal Bihari Vajpayee? In spite of the Maoist problem, Chattisgargh with a BJP government has established itself among the fastest growing states,” PM Modi said.
He slammed chief minister Harish Rawat for having no vision for the state’s growth and appealed to the people to vote in support of BJP to change their fate.
The Prime Minister alleged that CM Rawat failed to stop mass exodus from villages in the hills due to lack of job opportunities.
“New employment opportunities can be generated in tourism, yoga and herbal sectors and the exodus of young people from villages in the hills can be stopped thoroughly. It is not impossible. What is needed is a vision, a sense of purpose,” he said.
“It will also generate new employment opportunities for people living in rural areas,” he added.
Modi urged the crowds to turn up in large numbers at the booths to cast their vote in favour of BJP on February 15. He also said that they should not allow a party which was opposed to the creation of Uttarakhand to remain in power any longer.
“The present chief minister had opposed creation of Uttarakhand. His party is now in alliance with the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh at whose behest women were raped and people shot dead at Rampur Tiraha during the statehood agitation,” said the PM.
PM Modi also spoke about the recent demonetisation move by his government.
“It is three months since demonitisation happened but they are still abusing me. Don’t you think I should make those who have looted this country ruthlessly for the 70 years pay back?…I won’t sit relaxed until I have made them do so….I am ready to face anything for the sake of the country’s poor,” he said.
In another rally in Pithoragarh, the Prime Minister hit out at the Congress for seeking proof of India’s surgical strikes against Pakistan.
“Shame on politicians who question valour of jawans and insult the forces,” lashed out the Prime Minister.
(With inputs from PTI)