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Virbhadra to be Cong's CM candidate for HP polls: Rahul

Press Trust of India  |  Mandi(HP) 

Kicking off Congress' campaign in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh, its Vice President today announced that incumbent Chief Minister will be the party's chief ministerial candidate.

Addressing a rally at Paddal ground here, Gandhi also targeted Prime Minister Modi on the issue of unemployment, and "hasty" implementation of Goods and Service Tax(GST).

Backing the chief minister, Gandhi said that Virbhadra Singh, 83, has ensured uniform development of the entire hill state and was confident that the party would retain power.

"Virbhadra Singhji, You became chief minister six times and I assure that you would become chief minister for the seventh time also and the entire party stands behind you)," Gandhi said addressing the "Vijay se Vikas ki Aur" rally, four days after a rally at Bilaspur that was addressed by the prime minister.

Taking on the prime minister on the issue of unemployment, Gandhi alleged that the NDA government had failed to fulfill the promise to provide jobs to 2-crore people. "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."

"The hasty implementation of resulted in loss of 30- lakh jobs," he alleged, adding it caused inconvenience to traders. led to a drop in GDP andbadly hit the common man, he said.

Mocking at the Gujarat model, Gandhi compared the development of and Gujarat on different parameters to claim that the hill state fared better.

Referring to the plight of farmers, Gandhi said that maximum suicides are taking place in the BJP-ruled states.

Addressing the rally, said that his government ensured uniform development without any other consideration and said that development would be the main election plank of the party in the upcoming assembly polls.

Deputy leader of party in Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma said that the credit for development of the country goes only to the Congress and asked the people to bring the party to power for the sake of the country.

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First Published: Sat, October 07 2017. 18:28 IST