DAINIK NATION BUREAU
On the second last day of campaigning for Vidhan Sabha election 2017 in Uttarakhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed two public rallies — one each in Srinagar and Pithoragarh constituencies on Sunday. With these two public rallies, which were spread in two Lok Sabha constituencies — Garhwal and Almora — the PM has tried his best to attract the voters by educating them about how Congress led state government promoted corruption and how the BJP government, if elected, would check migration so that thepani aur jawani (water resources and youth) would be used for the betterment of the state only. He used the words Bhutpurv and Abhutpurv. “By electing BJP to form government in Uttarakhand, you make incumbent government bhutpurva (former) and that will bring abhutpurva(unprecedented) development in this state,” he said. The PM addressed four rallies — one each in Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar, Garhwal and Almora Lok Sabha constituencies. In the first rally he gave a warning to the Congress, in Rudrapur his speech was emotive while on the third day while addressing public in Srinagar and Pithoragarh his speech was centred on the achievements of the BJP-led NDA government at the centre in its nearly three years in office.
Focusing on the ex-servicemen, which are residing in the state in sizeable proportion, PM said that Congress led UPA government had allocated mere Rs 500 crore for One Rank One Pension (OROP) in its interim budget. With the coming of the BJP-led government the centre implemented OROP and paid Rs 6500 crore to them and the remaining due will be cleared in three to four installments by the government. He also talked about surgical strike and said that opposition raised question mark and by putting question mark they have disdained the army.
He also tried to woo the government employees and said union government has implemented the seventh pay commission recommendations. With this defence personnel would get the double benefit of pay revision under seventh pay commission. The centre has increased the defence minister’s discretionary fund by around four-folds. Ex-servicemen would be trained under skill development scheme. The BJP-led government has also increased the allocation of funds between centre and state.
Focusing on the women, who are higher in number than the male voters in the state due to migration, PM said that women inhales smoke equal to 400 cigarette while cooking food using firewood as fuel. The BJP-led government realised their woe and decided to give gas connection to these families and has distributed 1.8 crore connections including one lakh in Uttarkahand so far.
Modi further said that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee led NDA regime had created Uttarakhand along with Chhattishgarh and Jharkhand in the year 2000. Except Uttarakhand both the states have achieved tremendous growth while Uttarakhand is lagging behind.