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PM Modi’s Shimla Rally, speech and public response – In Pictures

SHIMLA- The historic Shimla Ridge Maidan in poll bound Himachal Pradesh witnessed massive gathering of Bhartiya Janata Party followers in wake of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s address. Before arriving at the Takka Bench, a road show was held. The Mall Road was covered with rose petals. A large gathering of BJP followers gave a warm welcome to the PM. Weather of Shimla had taken a turn and rain haunted the rally. Fortunately, it didn’t rain enough to scatter the crowd. Himachal Watcher has a few pictures from the occasion that you might like to see. (Scroll Down)

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The State BJP leaders have hopes to win HP Assembly Elections by campaigning under the banner of PM Modi like it happened in other states. The PM didn’t make any big announcements but focused on targeting the sentiments of the locals by referring to his past association with Shimla. He talked about the India Coffee House and made fun of the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, saying he spends more time with advocates than attending to the public. He didn’t miss to mention that he hails from an economically poor background. In other words, he tried to convince people that he knows what poverty means.

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BJP did manage to gather people from various districts via special buses and vehicles. The State Congress, on the other hand, took a jibe at PM’s visit to Shimla saying he delivered nothing except speech full of idioms. The Congress said that the PM has disappointed the people of Himachal who were expecting some announcements regarding expansion of infrastructure for development of tourism industry like railways and industrial package. Congress also claimed that the PM has flagged off the first flight under the UDAN scheme, but the original scheme was conceived during the UPA government and that the BJP government has only changed the name of the scheme.

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The apple growers, who were expecting most from the PM, were told that the government is asking the multinational beverage companies to mix fruit juice in the soft drinks. It will benefit the fruit-growers, he claimed.

Earlier, before arriving at the Shimla Ridge, the PM flagged off first flight under UDAN – Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik- the Regional Connectivity Scheme for civil aviation from Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla. Under this scheme, flights have begun today from Shimla, Nanded and Kadapa Airports. The Prime Minister addressed the gathering at Shimla Airport and also at Nanded and Kadapa via video link. He said the UDAN scheme will help the tourism sector in Himachal Pradesh.

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The Prime Minister also unveiled an e-plaque to mark the laying of Foundation Stone of the first Hydro Engineering College at Bilaspur. Government of Himachal Pradesh and NTPC & NHPC had signed a MoU in July 2016 for setting up the said Hydro Engineering College. The idea to set up the engineering college was conceived back in 2009. Himachal Pradesh possesses more than 20,000 MW Hydropower potential and NTPC and NHPC are engaged in operation and construction of many projects in the State.

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The objective of establishment of this institution is generation of a Technical Human Resource specialized for specific requirement of Hydro Power Projects create manpower to serve the country for many future hydro projects. Rest, there was nothing for people in speech.

No doubt, under the banner of Modi, State BJP did succeed in displaying the strength of party by attracting massive gathering, which is otherwise impossible for the State leaders.

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