Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Sunday said: “for the Congress OROP (one rank, one pension) meant ‘One Rahul, One Priyanka’; however, the Narendra Modi government not only ensured national security but also implemented ‘one rank, one pension’ scheme for the armed forces. The Narendra Modi government agreed to the OROP plan in just over a year after coming to power.”
Mentioning how the Prime Minister had a special attachment with Himachal Pradesh, the BJP chief said he was striving to speed up development of the state. “The Modi government has accorded special status to Himachal. Now the central government pays 90 per cent for the state’s development and the state government has to pool only 10 per cent,” he said.
“In the five year period, a lot of work has been done in Himachal Pradesh and in the entire country. Eight crore households have got toilets, 2.5 crore houses have been made for the poor and 2.35 crore people have got electricity for the first time in their houses. Under Ayushman Bharat Yojana, 50 crore people have got the facility of getting upto Rs 5 Lakh for treatment of serious diseases, free of cost,” said Shah as he addressed a series of election meetings in Chamba, Bilaspur and Nahan towns of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.
“In Nahan, there is a Medical College built at the cost of Rs 300 crore. In Sirmour, IIM has been built by the BJP government. Nine new roads have been planned by the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh. The state government under Jairam Thakur has taken credible steps in the healthcare sector,” said Shah.
“The country needs a strong leader and a strong government under the leadership of Modi. The country needs a government to safeguard borders. When the Modi government took strong action against Pakistan and terrorists, leaders of opposition parties, including Rahul Gandhi, are raising fingers,” said the BJP leader.
Himachal Pradesh will go to polls in the last day of the seven-phased Lok Sabha elections, on May 19. The results will be announced on May 23.