PM Modi in Himachal Pradesh slams Congress, terms it 'laughing club'

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"They have the gall to claim there will be zero tolerance of corruption", Modi told an election rally in this town ahead of Himachal's November 8 Assembly polls.

"Congress has now become a laughing stock".

Modi addressed two rallies in the hill state that will vote for a new 68-member assembly on November 9 and made corruption the central theme, urging people to teach a lesson to the Congress in whose rule "five demons" had thrived.

"Despite not fulfilling 50 per cent of the poll promises, the Congress has yet again come up with the same points, just to make the manifesto look comprehensive", Dhumal said in a statement.

A day after declaring senior party leader Prem Kumar Dhumal as the chief ministerial candidate, BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday launched attack on the incumbent chief minister and Congress senior leader Virbhadra Singh and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

He said, Virbhadra Singh government and Congress leaders are identified with "corruption".

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"We have to save this dev bhoomi from the Congress and the 5 rakshas - mining mafia, forest mafia (which is cutting down forests), drug mafia, tender mafia (which promotes nepotism) and transfer mafia (in the bureaucracy)", he said. "This is such an election, even the Congress knows it will be wiped off", PM Modi said.

Congress is left with nothing; whenever people are getting the chance they are voting them out of power. "You have been giving the mandate to the BJP and Congress alternatively, that's why the progress and development could not be consistent", he said. "When we say we want to get rid of the Congress, we mean to rid the country of decay". Alleging slow pace and tardy implementation of developmental projects, the BJP chief said the state government had failed to prepare detailed project reports for 71 national highways sanctioned by the Union government.

Castigating the Congress for raising questions on the surgical strikes previous year, he said no party or individual had ever questioned the credibility of the Army.

Further taking a jibe at Congress leader P Chidambaram, Shah said it was him who asked the Centre to allow the Rohingya intruders into the country.

"Countless jawans have sacrificed their lives for Kashmir, yet a Congress leader says that Kashmir's demand for "Azadi" is valid".

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