With only months to go before parliamentary elections in Himachal Pradesh, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party will have its numero uno star campaigner Prime Minister Narendra Modi blow the ballot at a youth rally to be held in Mandi, the prime minister’s constituency. Jai Ram Thakur.
With a surprise defeat in Mandi’s poll at the hands of state congress head Pratibha Singh just under a year ago and Aam Aadmi party chairman Arvind Kejriwal holding rallies in the area, the BJP hopes to cash in on the prime minister’s charisma . Minister to reverse the trend in Mandi Lok Sabha constituency which has about 10 assembly segments.
PM Modi will address the ‘Yuva Vijay Sankalp Rally’ of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the BJP. And in order to get the right perspective for the polls, the Prime Minister is presented with a ‘ransingha’, a traditional wind instrument that was blown up at the start of a war during the reign of the former rulers.
In addition to the Prime Minister, the meeting will also be attended by CM Jai Ram Thakur, Union Minister Anurag Thakur and BJYM National President Tejashwi Surya.
This will be Narendra Modi’s fifth rally at Paddal and his fourth as Prime Minister. Before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he had held a public meeting here as Prime Minister of the BJP.
The Mandi constituency has become a critical region for the BJP and other political parties. Congress hopes to revive its cadre and make big gains in the area after its poll win. But the BJP believes Prime Minister Modi’s presence could give her a decisive edge during the campaign.
“It will be a huge rally and will give a boost to the party’s campaign. He is loved by the people of the state and the work done by him in the Center and our CM in the state will ensure a great victory for the party,” said BJP President Suresh Kashyap ahead of the rally.
Congress targeted the BJP on the eve of the event, claiming that the union cabinet’s recent nod to the status of the planned tribe for the state’s Hatti community was just a poll gimmick in the absence of parliamentary approval and intended to to mislead the locals.
AICC in charge of Himachal Pradesh Rajeev Shukla challenged the government to convene a special session of Parliament to approve the amendment to the Constitution’s Scheduled Tribe Order, as recently approved by the cabinet.
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