Himachal Pradesh chief minister and Congress veteran Virbhadra Singh on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for using “threatening language” and saying that development in states could take place “only if you have the same party (BJP) ruling at the state and Centre”.
Speaking at a press conference in support of local Congress candidate DK Bansal, Virbhadra said, “The Centre cannot snatch a state’s share. The Constitution has clearly earmarked powers of the Centre and states.”
He said the BJP had no face to project in Haryana and was relying on help from the Centre: “They have created an army of turncoats. The PM himself has said it would be a hung House in Haryana. We can imagine their level of confidence!” The BJP fought the Lok Sabha elections with Modi as its face but the trump card would not work again and again, he added.
He underlined that top leaders of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) were in jail and said the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) was “equally bad”.
“Under CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Haryana has seen progress in all fields. Even opposition leaders, if they speak honestly, wouldn’t say development has not taken place,” he claimed, adding that the “intelligent” voter of Haryana “will not bring back the time of ‘Aya Ram-Gaya Ram’”.
Virbhadra Singh, 80, couldn’t recall the names of Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda and had to take help of local Congress leader Om Prakash Devinagar. He also could not remember the name of Haryana Janhit Congress.