Randeep Surjewala now holding leadership for himachal Pradesh Congress for upcoming Assembly election in the state.
He targeted Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who has been charged by the CBI of having disproportionate assets, saying: "Singh "saheb" is claiming there will be zero tolerance of corruption". He said this was not the Congress of Mahatma Gandhi "but of corruption, dynasty politics and casteism". He asked the people in Himachal Pradesh to elect a BJP government to change the fortunes and get rid of the Congress "misrule".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday ridiculed the Congress as a "laughing club" and said the party must introspect on why people all over the country are turning away from it one by one.
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He said that the Congress government failed miserably on the law and order front and the situation was so grim that even senior police officers were in jail in connection with the custodial death of a man in infamous Gudiya rape and murder case in Kotkhai in upper Himachal Pradesh.
"PM Modi also accused the Congress and its top leaders of questioning the BJP government on matters "that any Indian would be proud of".
The prime minister also brought up India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru with a reference to the Jan Sangh, which he said was created to counter the Congress through the efforts of leaders like Shanta Kumar, a former chief minister of the state and a BJP candidate.
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There are five monsters in Himachal Pradesh which we need to get rid off. "You have a chance to say goodbye to those who looted you", Modi said, promising "a magnificent, divine Himachal" under the BJP rule. "No Minister in the present BJP government at the Centre is facing any corruption charges", he claimed.
The NDA government, he said, was combating corruption through technology and the direct transfer of subsidies to beneficiaries had not only saved Rs 57,000 crore but also ended corruption.
Surjewala further added that while he snatched the special category status from the state in 2015 (while restoring it temporarily in 2017), Prime minister Modi and his government has not fulfilled their promises of raising import duty on apples or laying the railway line from Mandi to Leh in Kashmir.
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