Congress DPCC unit passes resolution asking Rahul Gandhi as new party president

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Later, the chief minister held a separate meeting with AICC general secretary in charge of Himachal Pradesh affairs Sushil Kumar Shinde and discussed ways to curb infighting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's political adviser Ahmed Patel.

Ending speculations over the party's chief ministerial candidate in Himachal Pradesh, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said Virbhadra Singh will "become the Chief Minister for the seventh time".

It may be mentioned that with the BJP coming in aggressively, the state congress which is faced with trust and defection problem is fighting a battle on two fronts - External and internal.

Clearing indicating that the party stands behind Virbhadra Singh, who is facing cases of disproportionate property and is out on bail, he said: "Virbhadra Singh ji has done tremendous development as six-time Chief Minister".

With his announcement, Gandhi kicked off the campaign in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh. "And the ground situation is that 30,000 job seekers are being added every 24 hours but only 450 persons are getting jobs per day while our competitor China is giving jobs to 50,000 persons every day, " he said.

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But in Dwarka, Modi defended his government and said he had assured of remedies in areas of management, rules and technology if the business class complained about GST. "This is the biggest blow on the Indian economy".

Terming their shifting of allegiance as unacceptable, Khurshid added that he would have respected people if they were disenchanted with the party and withdrew from politics but instead they were joining parties about which they had been critical for years. He said that the fall in GDP by 2 percent speaks in volumes about mismanagement of the economic reforms.

Gandhi while praising Virbhadra Singh said that, HP CM has visited every nook and corner of the state to meet people.

Taking a jibe at the previous UPA government, Modi said "There were lots of possibilities of development in the tourism sector here (in Gujarat), but earlier the UPA government had an indifferent attitude towards Gujarat because of the BJP government in the state..."

"I want to make it clear that it is the responsibility of the central government to provide state share for undertaking development and the funds provided for AIIMS is not from anyone's pocket".

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