Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. Modi, who reached the state earlier today morning, inagurated three major power projects and then proceeded to address the rally. He will also address one at Nahan before heading to poll bound Punjab.
Modi touched various chords including the most talked about surgical strikes. Modi, who visited the state first time after becoming the PM apologised to the public for his delayed visit. He said ”Aaj chotti Kaashi mei sar jhukaane ka avsar mila hai. Main soch raha thaa aap logh naraaz honge ki maine yaha aane me itna samay liya.” (Today, I got the chance to bow my head down to chhotti Kaashi. I was thinking all of you must be upset that I took so long to come here.)
The BJP leader who was greeted amongst slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in the state of valleys praised their culture and the amount of Army men it has bred.He said that there is hardly any family in Himachal that has not sacrificed their sons for the motherland and he salutes each one of them. Talking on the surgical strikes that has earned him and BJP government a lot of flak for taking the credit, he said ‘Earlier it was done by countries like Israel but Indian trooops proved that they are no less.”
Modi added that not just the serving defence personnels, he has equal respect for the retired ones as well. The One Rank One Pension scheme was impending for long and now BJP has actually moved ahead to pass it.
Modi said ‘Many governments came with flowery promises, some even passed Rs 200-500 cr budgets but nothing was done for as long as 40 years.” He added that after having talks with the representatives, he passed the scheme in installments as it involves major amount of money, which is diffivult for a government to process. To add weight to his remark, Modi told that the first installment in the OROP, of Rs 5,500 cr has already been passed.
Modi’s visit can be counted of utter significance since the state will hold Assembly elections in 2017. From here, the PM will move to Punjab.