Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lashed out at the Harish Rawat-led Congress government for poor development of a young state.
Modi sought support from the people to root out Congress and promised BJP, if voted to power, will bring a makeover in Uttarakhand. “Uttarakhand has attained the age of 16 and the next five years are very important for the future of the state,” he told an election rally.
Raising the pitch of development, Modi said Jharkhand and Chattissgarh came into being along with Uttarakhand but they are far ahead in terms of development because BJP was at the helm of affairs.
“The Congress rule in Uttarakhand held it back with its rampant corruption, mining mafias and liquor scams. It is high time to do away with the Congress party and march towards a bright future with BJP in state and centre as well,” he said.
The Prime Minister focused on the distress migration of youths from the hills. It was ironical that the people moving out to cities even for petty jobs and the government could do nothing to stem the tide of migration, he said. “I have heard a common saying that water and youth of the hills don’t serve their homeland but BJP will make all efforts to see that the saying is belied and the water and youth of Uttarakhand serve their land well in future.”
Taking a dig at the SP-Congress alliance in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, Modi rapped Congress for ‘slighting’ the sentiments of the highlanders by joining hands with Samajwadi Party.
Uttarakhand has enormous potential with its scenic beauty, medicinal herbs, and opportunities for adventure tourism. “It has greatly contributed towards healthy environment. BJP will work hard to consolidate its riches,” he added.
Modi addressed his last rally at Pithoragarh where he spoke few words in Kumaoni in a bid to connect with the locals.