PM Modi in Himachal Live: ‘BJP headed for a massive victory, no ‘panja’ can loot people’s money anymore’

By: | Updated: November 2, 2017 4:02 PM

Himachal election 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Himachal Pradesh today ahead of the November 9 polls in the hill state.

narendra modi, modi in himachal, himachal election 2017, himachal election live updates, narendra modi, himachal pradesh election 2017, narendra modi himachal rally,New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the gathering on the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI Photo / PIB)

Narendra Modi in Himachal Pradesh Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Himachal Pradesh today ahead of the November 9 polls in the hill state. Modi is scheduled to address two election rallies in Himachal Pradesh – at Rehan in Fatehpur Assembly constituency at 11.30 am and another at Dhaula Kuan in Paonta Sahib at 2 pm, BJP leaders said on Wednesday. On November 4, the prime minister will also address rallies in Sundernagar in Mandi, Rait in Shahpur and Palampur in Kangra district, and in Kullu and Una on November 5. Apart from PM Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah will address more meetings in Una and Kangra on November 5.

Here are the Live updates on PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Himachal Pradesh:

4.01 pm: Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday flagged off the party’s statewide 75-day rally in poll-bound Karnataka at a huge gathering of its leaders and cadres. Shah, who had landed at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited airport in the morning, was stranded in traffic for over an hour, after which he was flown in a chopper to the party workers’ gathering at Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre on the city’s outskirts.

2.44 pm: Retired Army officers met me and said that you have made our lives special, Modi said (Sena ke nivrat Jawan mujhe mile or bole ki aapne to hamare jeevan mein chaar chand laga diye).

2.42 pm: When our soldiers showed their valour, these people didn’t know what to say, Modi said.

2.40 pm: “Tell me, can anyone in this country question the valour of our Jawans?” Modi said.

2.38 pm: No panja can will be able to loot your money in future, says Modi.

2.36 pm: Through Aadhar, we have saved Rs 57,000 crores annually, says Modi in HP

2.34 pm: Daughters which are not even born have become widow, says Modi in Himachal Pradesh

2.33 pm: Much of the corruption in the state is being done in a disguised manner, Modi says.

2.32 pm: We need to eradicate corruption from its roots, Modi said.

2.30 pm: Shouldn’t the money these people have looted used for people’s welfare, Modi asks people.

2.28 pm: Now, no hand will be able to loot Himachal’s money, Modi says

2.27 pm: People from Congress has looted people’s money, Modi said.

2.25 pm: We all know about Dhumal ji’s work towards enhancing education & tourism: Modi

2.20 pm: There are few elections where people pre-decide whom to elect, this is such an election,Cong knows they’ll be wiped off: PM in HP’s Dhaula Kuan

2.20 pm: PM Modi is addressing a public meeting in Dhaula Kuan, HP.

1.42 pm: At the rally in district Kangra, Modi questioned the intelligence of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. He wondered as to why Gandhi went on to meet Chinese ambassador during the Doklam standoff with China.

1.05 pm: “Wherever people have a chance, they have voted for change. They (Congress) have become a laughing club,” PM said. Assembly polls in Congress-ruled Himachal will be held on November 9. Further attacking the Himachal Pradesh government, Modi said Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was talking of action against corruption when he himself was out on bail on a corruption case.

12.54 pm: Modi termed the Congress a “laughing club”, saying the party was losing its hold in every corner of the country.”We all need to look at the Congress. We should appreciate them. Nothing is left for them and they have lost their hold from every part of the country,” Modi said in his first election rally in Kangra ahead of the Himachal Pradesh assembly polls.

12.45 pm: PM Modi will now address another rally at Dhaula Kuan in Paonta Sahib at 2 pm.

12.38 pm: On Rahul’s meeting with Chinese ambassador, Modi said, “Instead of asking Indian diplomats & foreign ministry, you go and ask Chinese envoy. Sorry to say this shows lack of primary understanding…how can India trust such leaders.”

12.33 pm: During the speech, PM Modi came down heavily on the Congress, blaming the party for all the ills in Himachal.

12.19 pm: “There is a lot of scope for development in Himachal. I will visit the state again in next three days, visit different places. I have total belief that Himachal will break all records in the election on November 9. There is no place left for those who do corruption now,” says PM.

12.15 pm: “I am assured that you will vote for the BJP. We have to make the Himachal of your dreams. We have to take the Himachal to new heights of development,” says PM.

12.12 pm: Modi attacks Rahul Gandhi for meeting the Chinese ambassador during the Doklam standoff with China. “The one who doesn’t have this primary knowledge, can the country believe on such leader.”

12.10 pm: “Even Pandit Nehru used to talk about ending Jan Sangh from its roots. We want Congress-mukt Bharat, to rid the country of such rotten thoughts process (of Congress).”

12.07 pm: “Congress is no more an institution of Mahatma Gandhi, of those who fought for freedom. It is a party mired in dynasty, corruption..we want rid India of such rotten Congress. But when we say this, they (Congress leaders) don’t like it.”

12.06 pm: Modi takes an indirect jibe at P Chidambaram. Tell me, can anything good can happen by believing in such Congress party.

12.04 pm: Congress party has become a laughing camp. Does its leaders have the right to talk of Kashmir’s Azadi?

12.01 pm: There is no war in which sons of Himachal have not participated. India is fighting Pakistan’s proxy war in Kashmir, says Modi.

11.55 am: Modi says the five demons created by Congress in the state are: mining mafia, forest mafia, drug mafia, tender mafia, transfer mafia.

11.53 am: BJP will take tough actions against drug mafia, says Modi.

11.52 am: “I request mothers of Himachal to secure the future of their brave son, to rid them from the clutches of drug mafia, by voting for the BJP.”

11.50 am: “Himachal CM is embroiled in corruption yet Congress in manifesto says there will be zero tolerance of corruption. Even a child won’t believe it,” says PM.

11.45 am: “We had never heard even in ancient times that ruling people helped create demons. But today, it pains to say that Congress government created five demons in the ‘Devbhumi’. They are now so strong that government in Shimla is dancing on their tunes.”

11.43 am: Congress is devoid of soul, nothing good can be expected from it, says Modi

11.42 am: My country is such that if you are honest and does some mistake, people forgive them. But if someone does with wrong intentions, the country never forgives.

11.40 am: “Can even a child believe this,” he asks the crowd on Congress pledge to fight corruption. Modi says even the state’s present CM is out on bail.

11.37 am: PM Modi takes jibes at Congress manifesto which talked about zero tolerance on corruption. “Can even a child believe this,” he asks the crowd. Modi says even the state’s present CM is out on bail.

11.34 am: PM thanks people for coming in large number for his rally.

11.30 am: PM Modi starts his speech in Himachal, recalls his old days in the state.

11.27 am: BJP president Amit Shah, who has already addressed six election meetings so far, will address more meetings in Una and Kangra on November 5

10.56 am: Of the four Independents Karnesh Jang and Pawan Kajal have been given Congress tickets from Paonta Sahib and Kangra constituencies while the BJP has given tickets to Balbir Verma from Chopal.

10.54 am: At present, Congress and BJP have 35 and 28 MLAs respectively in the 68-member House, besides four independents while one seat is vacant.

10.37 am: Assembly speaker BBL Butail has opted out in favour of his son Ashish Kumar from Palampur while nomination papers of senior minister Vidya Stokes was rejected.

10.35 am:  Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, 10 ministers, eight Chief Parliamentary secretaries, Deputy Speaker Jagat Singh Negi, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and over a dozen former ministers are among those who have thrown their hat in the ring.

10.32 am: PM Modi will address a rally in Rehan in the Fatehpur Assembly constituency in Kangra district at 11.30 am and another in Dhaula Kuan in Paonta Sahib at 2 pm, they said.

10.30 am: BJP and Congress are locked in an intense battle in the state. While Congress is banking on Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, BJP has projected Prem Kumar Dhumal as its Chief Ministerial candidate. Both Singh and Dhumal are considered as the two tallest leaders of the state. Apart from Dhumal, BJP is also banking on the clean image of PM Modi and organisational skills of Shah to topple Congress.

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