Campaigning for Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh to conclude tomorrow

Residents waiting with empty LPG cylinders at Doon constituency in Himachal Pradesh

Union home minister Rajnath Singh said in Arki on Monday that the BJP's all-clear win in the state in the 2014 parliamentary elections was a referendum on the "poor performance" of the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh. He said, NDA government has taken several steps to control corruption and for transparency in the system, and if the congress party has any concrete suggestion in this regard it should be given to government. In Shahour, presence of Major Singh Mankotia has made it tough for Congress candidate Kewal Singh Pathania.While in Rampur former minister Singhi Ram has made the polls challenging for Congress candidate Nand Lal, in Renuka the BJP is facing threat from Hriday Ram. "A few people who faced the heat of demonetisation are still complaining and are planning to observe November 8 as a "black day". My fight against corruption will not stop", he said.

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The Congress' attack spearheaded by party Vice President Rahul Gandhi has targeted the Centre accusing it of slowing down the country's growth due to demonetisation and ruining small businesses by GST. "For them only their party's interest comes first", he said. "In the last three years, Congress has not learnt any lessons", he said.

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Addressing a press conference here, the Goyal said, "People of Himachal Pradesh, under the leadership of Prem Kumar Dhumal, will pick BJP as it supports honesty and speedy development".

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Critics point to Mr Singh's rebellion earlier this year as his party weighed whether to repeat him as its chief ministerial candidate or promote younger leaders. As both the fronts electing in Himachal Pradesh are coming over with new strategies and manifestos to attract Himachal Pradesh people. The BJP is counting on the state's record of not voting the same party to power - Mr Singh and Mr Dhumal have alternated as the state's Chief Minister since 1993.

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