PM says Congress has conceded defeat in HP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Congress has conceded defeat in Himachal Pradesh as its senior leaders have “run away” from campaigning in the state leaving Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to his fate.

At a rally in Kangra, the state’s largest and politically key district, he launched a stinging attack on the Congress over corruption, likening the party to termites, and exhorted the people to finish it off by handing over a three-fourth majority to the BJP in the November 9 Assembly polls.

The alleged corruption of the Congress and his government’s pro-poor development works were the central theme of Modi’s two election meetings.

He vowed to continue fighting corruption, claiming that it had angered the opposition party which was observing “black money day” on November 8, the first anniversary of demonetisation decision.

The prime minister said the Congress has run away from the battlefield conceding defeat in the 68-member Assembly.

“Elections are a few days away and senior leaders generally do an intensive campaign in these last few days..It seems Congress leaders have left (Chief Minister) Virbhadra Singh to his fate. It seems they have not only left him to his fate but rather hung him by his fate,” he said.

Why such a revenge the Congress is inflicting on him at such an age, Modi said sarcastically.

Virbhadra Singh is 83.

(Agencies)