On the eve of voting for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday said that the voters of the state have made up their mind to go along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and all other factors are irrelevant. are gone. Thakur said in an interview that the benefits of a “double engine government” (having one party in power at the Center and in the state) would outweigh all issues and the BJP would win.
People of Himachal will come with PM Modi
“We have to accept that the issue of double engine government is in the hearts and minds of the people here and the people of Himachal Pradesh have made up their mind that they will go with Prime Minister Modi,” he said. On creating trouble, the Chief Minister said that he would influence the results in six to seven assembly seats, not more than that. The BJP, which is battling with the problem of rebellion, has expelled many leaders before the elections. On Friday, the party expelled state executive committee member Anu Thakur for “anti-party” activities.
Now it’s not the turn of Congress
Thakur, however, expressed confidence that the BJP would win the elections and “Congress’s turn would not come”. He said the practice of ousting the ruling party from power in Himachal Pradesh would change this time. He further said, “BJP is coming to power where it was not in power and is being re-elected for five years where it was in government. Look at Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The practice is changing. It will change here too.” Taking a jibe at the Congress, he said the oldest party has around seven contenders for the chief minister’s post, but voters no longer have faith in this party.
Congress promises failed
When asked about the old pension scheme, Thakur said the Congress was now taking up the issue even though its Virbhadra Singh-led government had retained the new pension scheme between 2012 and 2017. During the election campaign, Congress has promised to restore old pension in Himachal Pradesh. “The Congress had in 2012 also guaranteed one government job per family in the state. The promise was never fulfilled. People no longer trust the Congress.” He said the Congress had no means to fulfill its election promises of providing Rs 1,500 to women in the age group of 18 to 60 years, restoration of the old pension scheme and 300 units of free electricity. Not there.
NOTA will be ahead of Aam Aadmi Party
Thakur said, “We make promises after full calculations. We are giving relief (to people) which is different from giving for free. Consider our promise of providing 125 units of free electricity. We studied how much electricity the poor consume, how much middle class families consume. We decided to give relief to these categories. We didn’t promise 300 units. This will include people who do business activities at home. We only included the poor.” The chief minister said his government would implement a Uniform Civil Code in the state if he is re-elected. Asked about his party’s prospects in the polls, Thakur claimed that the BJP would get a clear one. “We have a clear lead. There is a direct contest between BJP and Congress in Himachal. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has failed to make a mark on the electoral scenario of Himachal Pradesh and NOTA will continue to do so.”
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