Virbhadra Singh to be Congress's CM candidate in HP: Rahul Gandhi

Unemployment is biggest challenge facing nation: Rahul Gandhi
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today kicked off his party's campaign for the elections to the Himachal Pradesh Legislation Assembly, expected to be held later this year, and announced that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh would again be its chief ministerial candidate.
Addressing a public meeting at Mandi, Mr. Gandhi lashed out at the Narendra Modi government at the centre and accused it of causing untold misery to farmers, labourers and the youth because of its economic policies, especially demonetisation and the "hasty" implementation of the Goods and Service Tax (GST).
Mr. Gandhi dwelt at length on the issue of unemployment and said that the Prime Minister had failed to deliver on his promise of creating 2 crore jobs every year. He said that, at a time when about 30,000 youth were entering the job market every day, the government was able to provide only 450 jobs.
He said that, at a time when jobs were the single biggest challenge facing the country, it was said that a Union Minister, Mr. Piyush Goyal, had said that job losses were a good sign because it indicated that more youth were turning entrepreneurs.
Mr. Gandhi said anger was building up amongst the youth and farmers across the country because they saw no future for themselves under the present dispensation.
He said wherever the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in power, farmer suicides were up as the government had failed to ensure a fair price for their produce.
Mr. Gandhi said Mr. Modi talked about the "Gujarat model" of development and often claimed that his state was ahead of other states on various parameters. 
The Congress Vice-President went on to provide details of the Virbhadra Singh government's performance in Himachal Pradesh in the last five years and compared it with that of the BJP government in Gujarat. He said that on several parameters, such as creation of jobs, payment of unemployment allowance and opening of government schools, colleges and health centres, the performance of the Himachal Pradesh government was much better than that of the Gujarat government.
"Virbhadra Singhji, you spoke about how this was your sixth term as Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. You will be Chief Minister for the seven time. We will bring the Congress back to power in the state," he said.
Mr. Gandhi urged the people to vote the Congress back to power in the state. 
He said a country like India could not be ruled by a person who did not listen to or take advice from anyone. He said India needed a leader who listened to the people's views and understood their aspirations.


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