Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally of youth in Himachal’s Mandi district tomorrow, but weather may hamper his program. The Meteorological Center Shimla has issued an alert of heavy rain for tomorrow and the day after. This alert has been given for Mandi, Solan, Sirmaur, Kullu, Kangra and Chamba districts. The concern is that this rally is going to be held in the open.
There is no provision of tents in the pandal. On the other hand, BJP will start the election campaign in a unique way by presenting Ranasingha to the Prime Minister at Paddal Maidan in Mandi. Ranasingha was used to start war in ancient times. With its sound the wars started. The BJP in the state has decided to present this traditional musical instrument to the PM to announce a war-like election.
Apple gardeners hope for PM’s visit
In the election year, the people of the state have many hopes from the Prime Minister’s visit to Mandi. Especially to the apple growers, because the gardeners have been waiting for the fulfillment of the promise of increasing the import duty for 8 years. Modi had made a promise in the Sujanpur rally before becoming the Prime Minister in 2014, but till date it has not been fulfilled. This has put Himachal’s apple industry worth Rs 5000 crore in trouble. Due to the import being in bulk, the gardeners of the state are not getting the fair price of apples. In such a situation, the gardeners have high hopes from the Prime Minister’s visit tomorrow.
Fulfill your promise PM: Bisht
President of Progressive Growers Association Lokendra Bisht said that Prime Minister Modi has come to Himachal many times before, but every time the gardener is disappointed. This time the Prime Minister is requested to fulfill the promise of increasing the import duty on apples. He has also urged for reducing the GST levied on cartons and giving subsidy for small cold stores.
Hope to take it off the ground with NH
The Modi government had announced 69 National Highways in Himachal between 2014 and 2017, but till date not a single road has been made NH. In the election season, it is expected that the Prime Minister will return to Delhi tomorrow with the gift of some National Highway.
economic package expected
Since the implementation of GST in the country, Himachal was getting an amount of more than 3000 crores every year, which has been stopped in the month of June this year. The state is hoping to continue this]as Himachal has limited means of income. Due to this the debt burden on the state is increasing.
Himachal has got a debt of about 65,000 crores, while the liability of employees and pensioners of more than 6000 crores is still outstanding. In such a situation, Himachal is expecting an economic package from the Center in the election year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Mandi to address the rally of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). Here BJYM has set a target of rallying one lakh youth. For this, preparations are going on in full swing. Assembly elections can be announced in the state anytime within a month. Before this, not only the people of the state, but the ruling BJP is also trying to give gifts to the people, so that the mission can be repeated.
Chief Minister took stock of the preparations
The entire government staff is busy finalizing the preparations for the rally. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur himself took stock of the preparations in the Mandi, during which he gave necessary directions to the officers.
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