Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
March 20, 2014
- Congress is committed to development in Himachal Pradesh; focus on infrastructure education and employment, says Mr. Rahul Gandhi
- Opposition was against statehood for Himachal, but today tries to take credit for creating the state says Mr. Gandhi
Addressing the huge turnout at a public rally here, Congress Vice President Mr. Rahul Gandhi attacked the opposition for mocking the party for the work it has done for the poor people. Speaking amidst an enthusiastic crowd, Mr. Gandhi highlighted the progress that Himachal Pradesh had made with the Congress Party. “We have increased the supply of drinking water in Dharamshala, enabled successful irrigation work in Una, and set up an industrial area in Kinnaur. The state government has approved Rs. 1700 crore and 62 new industries, which will bring manufacturing jobs for the youth of Himachal,” said Mr. Gandhi. He also spoke about the Himachal Ladakh tunnel that will enhance connectivity in the region.
Stating that the opposition makes false claims about development of infrastructure, the Congress Vice President highlighted that the UPA government made three times the number of roads in five years in comparison to the NDA government for the same period. He also mentioned that the opposition was against statehood for Himachal, but today tries to take the credit for creating the state, a decision that was actually taken by the Congress.
Mr. Gandhi stressed that revamping the education system, to provide better access to higher education opportunities would be a priority for the Congress in Himachal. Already this year, 15 new degree colleges and 4 new medical colleges have been set up in Himachal Pradesh.
“Congress wants to empower the women, youth, and farmers. We want more women in leadership positions; the youth can bring political change through the NSUI and Youth Congress; and the farmers will be empowered through Panchayati Raj and Right to Information,” added Mr. Gandhi.
He reiterated the party’s focus on bringing 70 crore people into the middle class, and said that the Congress will win these elections with the love it receives from people in India.