Rahul Gandhi Himachal Pradesh rally LIVE updates: Kicking off the party’s election campaign, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today addressed, ‘Vikas se Vijay Ki Aur’ rally in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Taking a dig at PM Modi, Gandhi said Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh way ahead of Gujarat in job creation. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has claimed that the rally would be bigger than that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s in Bilaspur. The rally will take place amid infighting between Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and state unit chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu. Referring to Anurag Thakur’s comments that the Congress loses the election wherever Gandhi goes, Singh said making remarks to mislead people was part of the BJP leader’s style. Asha Kumari, Himachal Pradesh lawmaker has said “We hope Rahulji’s rally will set the tone for the coming polls and the return of the Congress,” as per The New Indian Express. Rahul Gandhi is expected to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi government on economic issues like GST and unemployment. As the BJP is stepping up attack on the Congress on alleged corruption charges on Virbhadra Singh, Rahul Gandhi is not very keen on going ahead with Virbhadra as the party’s chief ministerial face, as per India Today. However, the final decision will be taken by the party high command.
Here are Rahul Gandhi’s Himachal Pradesh rally LIVE updates:-
1:59 PM: Rahul says Himachal Pradesh way ahead of Gujarat in terms of job creation.
1:52 PM: Today the biggest challenge that the country faces unemployment: Rahul Gandhi.
1:36 PM: Rahul Gandhi welcomed by the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
1:34 PM: Rahul Gandhi arrives in Mandi.
11:49 AM: While PM Modi has held big three rallies in the state, Rahul will address the electorate on Saturday for the first time this year.
11:39 AM: Rahul Gandhi may also try to solve the political differences between Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and state unit chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu by holding talks.
11:28 AM: The rally assumes significance as it will be held in the constituency represented by the chief minister’s wife Pratibha Singh.
11:15 AM: Rahul Gandhi will land in Mandi by a chopper. He will hold a rally at Paddal ground.