Time to boot out those who have looted Himachal: PM Modi

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "termite" remark on Congress and said it reveals his despair as the party was losing ground in Himachal Pradesh. "On November 9, the people of Himachal will vote for change".

Addressing an election rally in Himachal Pradesh's Palampur, PM Modi said that "corruption is the only identity of Congress". "Congress will observe "blackmoney day" on November 8 and burn my effigies".

"My fight against corruption will continue". The party appears to be taking a kind of revenge on the octogenarian Chief Minister, he said.

On Thursday, Modi's vitriolic attack had prompted the poll-bound state's octogenarian chief minister to say he had never before witnessed such conduct by any Prime Minister.

"Welfare of people has never been a priority for the Congress party. They don't know Modi is disciple of Sardar Patel and won't be cowed down", the PM said. Donning a Himachali cap, Modi, on his third and last round of election tour of the state, said: "In the last 20 years, there has not been a single election where I have not been involved".

"People used to loot the treasury in the name of subsidies".

"Now our policy has stopped the leak".

Capt Amarinder said it was obvious that the Prime Minister had realized that the BJP was headed for an electoral rout and had pitched all his personal efforts into salvaging the situation, in the bleak hope that he would be able to befool the people.

Taking potshots at former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's statement that Re 1 ends up as 15 paise when it reaches villages, Modi said: "Rajiv was such a doctor who diagnosed the problem of corruption but did not do anything about it". I know each and every street here.

Mr. Modi condemned the members of the Opposition for criticising demonetisation, saying that they had perhaps been affected by the anti-corruption measures taken by the Centre.

Modi said over 3 lakh companies had shut down after the note ban and a probe into 5,000 such firms had found a fraud of Rs 4,000 crore.

  • Rogelio Becker