Rudrapur, Mar 28 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first day of his campaign trail in Uttarakhand on Thursday, raked up the issue of corruption and said the negligence of governance depriving development, had forced migration of a large number of local population from the state.
Addressing a rally here, the Prime Minister said the erstwhile government in the state, headed by Harish Rawat, always created hurdles for the central government projects.
'The then Chief Minister (Mr Rawat) used to keep himself busy in 'Delhi darbar' as his focus was to take care of one family,' he said, adding the various scams pursued due to the Congress culture has destroyed the state.
However, he said once BJP came into power in the state, the Uttarakhand dream the Late Atal Behari Vajpayee saw, is coming true. Describing the hill state as 'sainik dham(hub of soldiers)', he said 'Was it proper to raise questions on genuineness of surgical strike. Was it proper to use abusive language for the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.'
'Will people forgive those who give anti-national statement to gain applause in Pakistan,' he said. The Rudrapur rally was second on the day by Prime Minister after he first addressed at Meerut in Uttar Pradesh .
In his address at Meerut, the Prime Minister said the poor have taken a resolve to remove the Congress.
"Poverty will be eradicated once the Congress is wiped out," he added.
Mr Modi said that the Congress has a long history of betraying the farmers and were responsible for the toppling of the Choudhury Charan Singh government at the Centre. (UNI)