Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi brought traffic woes to the town during his rally here on Sunday.
Long traffic jams were seen on the Sujanpur-Hamirpur and Sujanpur-Palampur roads, and police stopped the vehicles of BJP workers nearly 2 km from the rally venue, citing security reasons.
Due to the lack of parking areas in the town, attendees parked their vehicles on the main roads, leading to an 8-km traffic jam on the Sujanpur-Hamirpur road, and forcing party workers to walk long distances to reach the venue.
Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur alleged that police challaned hundreds of vehicles of BJP workers parked along the roadsides, which was confirmed by sources. He added that police did not play a “constructive” role during the rally and deliberately stopped vehicles of BJP workers from reaching the venue.
The traffic jams on roads leading to Sujanpur continued hours after the rally concluded.
Rally was a flop show: Cong
The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) on Sunday termed Narendra Modi's rally at Sujanpur Tihra as “not up to the claims made by the BJP to achieve a target of 2 lakh people”.
HPCC spokesman Naresh Chauhan said, “Modi, in his usual tone, showed fake dreams to the people of the state and the country and levelled fake allegations against the Congress party leaders.”
“Apart from showing a fake and dramatic character, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi did not say anything new about his vision for the country and instead indulged in a misleading campaign against the Congress,” he alleged.
He added that while Modi was making “tall claims” about eradicating corruption after becoming the PM, he did not “utter a single word” about the “corruption during the regime of former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal”.