Cong has run away; HP poll one-sided: PM Modi

Una (HP), Nov 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hit out at the Congress, saying it had "run away" from the Himachal Pradesh electoral battle, which he described as a contest being fought by the people of the state.

Campaigning for the third day in a row in the state that goes to the polls on November 9, he said the election was not being fought by his party, the BJP, but the people of the state who were out to "teach" a lesson to the Congress for corruption and poor law and order.

"I am sad as I am not enjoying the election this time, as the Congress party has left the ground and run away. These elections have become one-sided," he said at a rally here.

Attacking the Congress on the issue of corruption, Modi accused the previous Congress-led government at the Centre of abusing subsidies worth Rs 57,000 crore. He claimed he had stopped this misuse, and the money was now being used for the welfare of the poor.

"Never has there been a one-sided election as seen in this election. The reason for this is that the country knows what the Congress government is like and what its intentions are," he said.

In the last 20 years, Modi said, he had not seen an election like this.

"After being in politics for so long, I can sense which way the wind is blowing. But this time one can see a storm in Himachal. The anger of the public is coming out against corruption, bad law and order, for protection of women and daughters," Modi added.

The people of the state, he said, had decided to teach a lesson to Congress's "Sultanate".

"This time we have to admit that it's not the BJP, or its workers or leaders, fighting (the poll). Himachal's election is being fought by the people of the state who have decided to teach a lesson to Congress's 'Sultanate'," he said.

The Congress's top leaders, holding rallies in Himachal, had "dared to face the public" and attack him and state leaders such as Prem Kumar Dhumal. But they had nothing to say, Modi stressed.

He said middlemen had looted the treasury in the name of subsidies in the past.