Rajat Sharma

Modi eyes Himachal Pradesh

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the UDAN low-cost air travel scheme from Delhi to Shimla, and in the process, he indirectly launched his poll campaign for the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, due in November this year. Shimla had no air connectivity till yesterday, but now it is on the air map, thanks to the UDAN scheme. Modi publicly said, he wants poor and lower middles class people to travel in aeroplanes. I remember, Modi once telling me in the show Aap Ki Adalat, that he was a pucca Ahmedabadi, who knows how to travel to and fro at the cost of a single ticket. Modi has worked as a pracharak in-charge of BJP for many years in Himachal Pradesh. It has been a second home to him. He knows the lanes and bylanes of Shimla, and has innumerable old friends. On Thursday, he called out the names of his old journalist friends at the rally. Himachal Pradesh is the last bastion of Congress remaining in north India, and judging by the huge turnout at his rally, it appears that the BJP is confident of returning to power.

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