Highlighting the development work carried out under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP National Chairman JP Nadda urged the people of Himachal Pradesh not to fall for what he called the divisive tactics of the ‘opposition. Nadda kicked off a two-day tour of that election state on Saturday.
“We are working tirelessly to make Himachal an atmanirbhar (self-governing) state. There is a twin-engine sarkar in the state and in the center. To progress, we must remember our god, our goddesses and our tradition. There are people who will try to divide us on the basis of religion and caste. It’s a conspiracy. We have to stay focused and keep the brotherhood together,” Nadda said.
He was addressing a crowd at Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur district to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, commemorating 75 years of independence.
Nadda said Himachal was poised to become the most progressive state in the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
He praised the pace at which Covid-19 vaccines were produced in India and distributed inside and outside the country.
Amid farmer protests in several parts of the country, Nadda said that while the opposition continued to talk about the unrest, the Modi government focused on helping farmers to thrive. “The agricultural budget quadrupled during Narendra Modi’s tenure as Prime Minister. It is now Rs 1,33,000 crore from just Rs. 33,000 crore in 2014,” he said.
He went on to say that the Prime Minister had brought health insurance coverage of Rs 5 lakh to over 50 million people.
He also reminded people how Modi in 2014 restored Himachal Pradesh’s special category status, which had been discontinued under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Congress-led government.
Nadda further said that the central government is positively considering granting Scheduled Tribal status to the Hati community and that a final decision in this regard will be taken soon. The BJP chairman said Sirmour BJP leaders came to Delhi to meet on the issue. He first took them to the Union Home Secretary and then to the Prime Minister for complying with their request, he added.
Nadda also highlighted the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat, Himcare and Ujjawala projects and the opening of the prestigious Atal tunnel in Rohtang by Modi in 2020. Nadda said that seven 57.1 km long ropeways are being built in the Himachal Pradesh at a cost of Rs 32,000 crore. This, he said, includes the eight kilometer long cable car from the Shirgul Mahadev temple
in Churdhar to be constructed at a cost of Rs 250 crore.
The BJP national chairman said some political parties demanded evidence of airstrikes and surgical strikes carried out by the armed forces. “Give them the proof in November,” Nadda said, gesturing that voters should push the button (on EVM in upcoming Assembly polls).
Recently, the BJP received a big boost in the state after two top Congress leaders joined it. With elections less than four months away, Nadda is expected to hold meetings with party leaders to strategize. Congress and the AAP are aggressively campaigning and have released their first set of pledges.