Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a day-long trip to poll bound Himachal Pradesh. As the assembly elections are nearing in the state, the political parties have become all the more active in Himachal Pradesh.
Narendra Modi on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for the Rs 1350 crore AIIMS project in Bilaspur. During his visit, he also laid the foundation the Prime Minister also laid the foundation for two other projects, the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Una and a steel processing plant at Khandrori in Kangra district via video conference from Bilaspur.
Modi, along with the laying of the foundation stone also is on a visit to the state with an intention of luring the people to BJP’s side ahead of the state assembly elections due in Nov, this year. Significantly, the venue of the rally for BJP was also chosen as Bilaspur, which also happens to be the hometown of Union Health Minister J P Nadda, who is likely to be the next Chief Ministerial face from the BJP side.
While addressing the gathering in Bilaspur, Modi said that he praised the sacrifices made by the people of Bilaspur and also gave them the credit that it is because of their sacrifices that the Bhakra Dam could be constructed. He further added that it is because of the sacrifices made by the people of Bilaspur that the states of Punjab and Haryana are flouring and blooming green and the farmers were able to store the grins in large quantity. Appreciating the people of Bilaspur, Modi said the name of Bilaspur is written in golden words and will always be remembered when there will be talks about the agricultural development in India.
He said that Himachal has been a land of sacrifice and millions of families of brave soldiers, who gave up their lives ensuring the safety of the nation, lie in the embrace of the state. The Prime Minister further said that he is extremely privileged that he got an opportunity to do something for a state like Himachal Pradesh.
Addressing the huge gathering Modi said that building of AIIMs is not just in the favour of the state but it will also benefit many others.
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He also spoke about the ‘Mission Indradhanush‘ a scheme started by the Central government regarding the immunisation of all the children across the nation. He stressed on the importance of the need of vaccination and said that BJP government has taken up this initiative to vaccinate all the children. He added that the third phase of the scheme will be launched within this week itself in the state and all those who are still left unattended or are vaccinated but incomplete will be taken care of by the BJP members under the Indradhanush scheme.
Modi also urged all the BJP workers, NGO’s, social organisations, political parties and everyone who can contribute, across the nation to unite together and stand as one to achieve the goal of getting 100% children in India vaccinated before Diwali.
Taking a jibe at the ruling Congress government in Himachal, for delaying the steel processing plant project at Khandrori. He said that the departments within the government kept fighting amongst themselves and a project worth only 70 crores was delayed for 7 years. Attacking the ruling government Modi commented that under the Congress in Himachal there is Chief Minister in every department who takes the decision as and when he likes.
The Prime Minister said that at present the condition of Himachal is that, there is a government on bail running the state. Hitting the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, he questioned the Congress that all the members of the CM family are out on bail, why is the CM not being changed in the State.
Though, he even congratulated the government officials and the people of Himachal Pradesh for their contribution and achievement in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, attaining a clean India. He said that a clean state will attract more tourists and more tourism will only help the state flourish more.
Modi also added that “I thank the media for the coverage of the surgical strike anniversary, it has boosted the strength and morales of the army.” He also spoke about the One Rank One Pension issue saying that “I had announced during the Mandi rally that we will give one rank one pension. We have disbursed 3 out of 4 instalments that have benefitted ex-servicemen. Close to Rs, 8,500 crores has been distributed.”