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BJP rath yatra for Kangra segment concludes; leaders call to uproot Congress in HP

Union textile minister Smriti Irani was the chief guest while minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was special guest on the occasion.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2017 22:10 IST
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Union textile minister Smriti Irani, minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore along with other party leaders at the conclusion of Parivartan Rath Yatra in Chamba on Saturday.
Union textile minister Smriti Irani, minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore along with other party leaders at the conclusion of Parivartan Rath Yatra in Chamba on Saturday.(HT Photo)

The Kangra leg of opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s 21-day long “Parivartan Rath Yatra” concluded in Chamba on Saturday.

Union textile minister Smriti Irani was the chief guest while minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was special guest on the occasion.

Addressing a rally at the Chougan ground in Chamba town, the actor-turned-politician described former chief ministers Shanta Kumar and Prem Kumar Dhumal as the pillars of the party.

She counted various achievements of three-year regime of Narender Modi-led NDA government at the Centre and also took on the Congress government in the state for its alleged failures on various fronts.

“The administration in Himachal is a total failure, law and order situation has deteriorated and development works have come to a grinding halt,” she claimed.

“The central government gave the one-rank-one pension scheme which benefited lakhs of retired soldiers of the state,” she said. Prime Minister Narender Modi, Irani said, gave representation to Himachal even at the international level when he visited US and Israel.

Rathore said the Centre has taken a resolve to root out corruption from the country and demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST) are the first steps in this direction.

He said the country was undergoing a change and Himachal should contribute in it by voting the BJP to power in the upcoming elections.

Kangra MP and former chief minister Shanta Kumar hit out at the state government, terming it as the most corrupt.

“What could be more unfortunate than the fact that the CM had to seek bail from court over corruption charges,” said Shanta.

He said the law and order situation can be gauged from the fact that a forest guard was hung upside down on a tree after murder and police are still clueless.

Leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal alleged that a “mafia rule” prevailed under the present government in the state. “While the common man is reeling under problems, employees are still awaiting their monetary benefits,” he added.

State BJP president Satpal Singh Satti said the yatra covered 10,000 kilometres and 2 lakh new members joined the party during this.