Virbhadra Singh is Congress CM face in HP: Rahul Gandhi

Pauline Gross
October 8, 2017

In meetings in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi this week, Gandhi had repeatedly highlighted the state of the economy and even dared the Prime Minister to resign and install a Congress government if the situation didn't improve.

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".

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi launched the Congress election campaign at Mandi on Saturday.

Mocking the "Gujarat model for development", the Congress scion said the development of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat are on different parameters and claimed that the hill state fared better.

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The minister said, the revision of the rates by the BJP government was an admission on its part that it had grossly gone wrong with the GST implementation. This was the biggest blow on the Indian economy, he said.

Rahul's endorsement of Virbhadra as the party's chief ministerial candidate comes in the backdrop of intense infighting in the party. Referring to the plight of farmers, Gandhi stated that the maximum suicides amongst them are taking place in the BJP-ruled states.

On laying the foundation of a Rs 1,350 crore 750-bed AIIMS hospital in Bilaspur town by the Prime Minister on October 3, he said the government has provided land to AIIMS as demanded by the Union Health Ministry.

He said, Punjab under the leadership of Capt Amarinder Singh has already started the process of the return of the Congress. "Gurdaspur will be the repeat of the 2017 assembly elections under Capt Amarinder Singh's leadership", he asserted while expressing confidence that the Congress will win the election with a record margin and it will be a clear referendum against the wrong and anti-people policies of the BJP government.

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.

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