Published On: Sat, Feb 11th, 2017

Modi confident of BJP returning to power in Uttarakhand

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Addressing his first election rally in Kumaon’s Udham Singh Nagar on Saturday, PM Modi exhorted voters to give the BJP “a comfortable majority in Uttarakhand” so that “we can take up the task of translating Atal Bihar Vajpayee’s vision of Uttarakhand into a reality.”
“Harish Rawat has been busy in making money through a nexus of illegal mining, liquor policies and transfer politics. He was involved in negotiating deals to save his government which was caught in a sting video. It is clear that every citizen of the state is paying a ‘Harda tax’,” said Modi. In his signature style Modi also took a jibe at the recent videos which showed Rawat as the hero of the movie ‘Bahubali.’ He added that being termed a Bahubali was “not exactly a compliment but still some leaders in the state are referring to themselves in this manner.”

Surgical strikes and OROP also formed the basis of his address as in Haridwar on Friday in order to target the substantial defence voters –estimated at around 30% of the electorate. Modi reiterated that if a “double engine” was implemented in U’khand– BJP’s government in the state working in tandem with the Centre – many development projects including the ambitious Rs 12,000 crore all-weather char dham road that was lunched by him in Dehradun over a month ago would be “completed ahead of schedule.”

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