Mandi, September 24
Sounding a poll bugle in the poll-bound Himachal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the people, particularly the youth, had made up their mind for the return of the BJP government in the state.
“The youth of Himachal know that with a clear and honest intention if anyone can develop Himachal, it is only the BJP,” Modi said in a virtual address to a youth rally named Yuva Vijay Sankalp rally, the first of the three rallies planned ahead of the poll announcement, in Mandi.
Modi had to cancel his visit at the last minute owing to rain.
Saying that the world’s trust in India’s government had grown, Modi said the BJP focused on giving opportunities to the youth. “The BJP government is working to boost tourism in Himachal.”
Expressing gratitude to the youth for assembling at the rally venue braving the rain, Modi said, “The BJP trusts the youth the most. Now the youth power of the country will fulfil the resolve of making India a developed nation in the ‘Azadi ka amrit kaal’,” he said.
The phrase ‘Azadi ka amrit kaal’ means a journey for the next 25 years to improve the lives of the citizens of India, reduce the divide in development between villages and cities and reduce the government’s interference in people’s lives.
Aiming to woo the voters below 40, who comprise nearly 45 per cent of the registered electorate, the Prime Minister, who apologised for communicating with them from Delhi, said the BJP’s top priority is always to give maximum opportunities to the youth.
“Be it a chief minister, an MP or a minister, the BJP is a political party in the country in which the youth is represented the most everywhere,” said Modi, who hailed Commonwealth Games winners from the state.