Poll fever peaks in Himachal Pradesh & Gujarat

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

Results will be declared on December 18.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi hit the campaign trail in Himachal Pradesh on the penultimate day of canvassing on Monday and took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on demonetisation, goods and services tax (GST) and unemployment.

The prime minister also criticised the Congress over the party leaders' alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. For the Congress, corruption is its only identity.

"Wherever the Congress forms the government, development vanishes", Singh said, in a public rally at Himachal Pradesh's Kunihar.

Taking potshots at former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's statement that Re 1 ends up as 15 paise when it reaches villages, Modi said: "Rajiv was such a doctor who diagnosed the problem of corruption but did not do anything about it". The Congress can not scare me by burning my effigies.

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Likening the Congress to termites, PM Modi said the party must be totally finished off as he sought three-fourths majority for the BJP in the state.

Invoking local deities in his rallies, Mr Modi also cited Kullu's famous Dusshera celebration and said he is indebted to the hill state where he had spent many years as an incharge of the saffron party and learnt a lot. "The prime duty of the prime minister should be job creation for the unemployed youths", he said, adding that it was not being done which was a betrayal. Not missing the chance as always, Rahul also attacked BJP President Amit Shah and his son Jay Shah saying that over that also Modi was quiet.

Modi claimed that the poor and the middle class were back to work but the dishonest people were angry with him and wanted to seek revenge from him as he forced them to deposit their bagfuls of cash with banks.

He reiterated that the state needs to be freed of five danavs (demons) - "mining mafia, forest mafia, drug mafia, tender mafia and 'transfer mafia", for which the state needs to throw out the incumbent Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government.

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