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PM Modi takes break from Himachal schedule; has coffee at Shimla’s iconic Coffee House

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a break from his busy schedule to have a cup of coffee at Shimla’s iconic Coffee House.News of the prime minister’s visit spread, and soon the venue was swarmed with supporters wanting to take a picture with the prime minister.Earlier, PM Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, former deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and several Union ministers and chief ministers attended the swearing-in ceremony of new Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur at the historic Ridge Maidan in Shimla.Governor Aacharya Devvrat administered the oath of office and secrecy to Thakur. Along with Thakur, a few MLA also took oath as Cabinet Ministers today. The five-time BJP MLA from Seraj constituency of the hilly state was elected to lead the state after the party’s chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal failed to register a win from his constituency.The BJP have ousted the Congress from power in Himachal Pradesh by winning 44 out of the 68 seats in the recently held Assembly polls.Along with many senior leaders and workers of BJP state unit, thousands of people also witnessed the swearing-in ceremony.

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Jairam Thakur to take oath as Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister today; PM Modi to attend grand ceremony

BJP leader Jairam Thakur is all set to take oath as the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, former deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and several Union ministers and chief ministers are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Jai Ram Thakur at the historic Ridge Maidan in Shimla at 11 AM.Governor Aacharya Devvrat will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Thakur. Along with Thakur, a few MLA will reportedly swear-in as Cabinet Ministers today. The five-time BJP MLA from Seraj constituency of the hilly state was elected to lead the state after the party’s chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal failed to register a win from his constituency.The BJP have ousted the Congress from power in Himachal Pradesh by winning 44 out of the 68 seats in the recently held Assembly polls.Along with many senior leaders and workers of BJP state unit, thousands of people are expected to witness the swearing-in ceremony.Also readHimachal Elections: After PK Dhumal’s loss, Jairam Thakur summoned to Delhi; likely to be CMFor the first time in the history of the state, Prime Minister will attend an oath taking ceremony.Massive security and other arrangements have been made ahead of the grand function. Besides seating arrangements, eight to ten LED screens have been installed outside the venue. SPG will look after the security arrangements.Also readHimachal CM designate Jai Ram Thakur lists out priorities Union Health Minister JP Nadda, Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Incharge for Party Affairs Mangal Pandey have reviewed the arrangements in Ridge Maidan.

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Himachal Election: Here’s a status of key candidates – Virbhadra Singh, Prem Kumar Dhumal, Anil Sharma and others

The BJP looks set to wrest power from the Congress in Himachal Pradesh as it was leading in 40 seats while the ruling party bagged one seat and was leading in 21 others, according to Election Commission trends.Congress candidate Anirudh Singh won the Kasumpti seat by defeating BJP’s Vijay Jyoti by a margin of 9,397 votes.Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, is trailing behind Congress’s Rajinder Rana in Sujanpur, Out of 67 sitting MLAs, 60 MLAS, nine cabinet minister and eight Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS) contested the poll along with a dozen former ministers.Congress veteran and six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his son Vikramaditya Singh are leading from Arki and Shimla(Rural) respectively.Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Himachal Pradesh, was trailing behind Congress’s Rajinder Rana in Sujanpur, according to early trends.Also readGujarat Election Results 2017 LIVE: Vijay Rupani wins prestige battle in Rajkot WestHere’s a status of Key CandidatesThe BJP ousted the Congress in 1990 and the Congress avenged defeat in 1993. The BJP formed the government with the help of Himachal Vikas Congress in 1998 and the Congress was back in power in 2003. The BJP made a comeback in 2007.

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Rs 4K-cr fraud found since note ban: PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 3 lakh companies have shut shop after the government’s demonetization move a year ago and investigations into only 5,000 of them have found a fraud of Rs 4,000 crore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he tore into the Congress and said corruption is its only identity.He said the Congress was “angry” with demonetization because the decision disturbed the party’s sleep and it is “mourning” by giving a protest call on November 8, when the scrapping of high-value banknotes completes a year. He said “they had big bags and garages full of notes which were banned.””The Congress cannot scare me by burning my effigies (on November 8),” he said at Kullu, his one of three rallies in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh on Sunday. My fight against corruption will not stop, he said at Palampur.He said if former PM Indira Gandhi had carried out demonetization when needed, he would not have had to carry out the big task.”For the Congress, the party’s interest comes before the nation’s,” he saidThe PM also took a dig at former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.He said the latter refused to combat the menace of corruption. “Congress did not implement the benami assets law as they were well aware it would reveal all their wrongdoings,” he said.The PM said the Congress and corruption were like a tree and its roots. “All their leaders are facing serious corruption charges and are out on bail. Corruption is the only identity of the Congress party.”The PM took a jibe at Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh for being probed in connection with a disproportionate assets case worth Rs 10 crore.He said the people of Himachal Pradesh will remember former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP’s CM face this election, for his contribution in promoting tourism. Polling in the state is on November 9 and results will be declared on December 18.Modi termed the elections a one-sided contest. “I have never seen such enthusiasm. It’s a one-sided contest. This is a clear indication that people want change. Congress has conceded defeat and run away,” he said in Una.(With agency inputs)

‘Tsunami, not just a wave’: Rahul baba, BJP is coming to power in Himachal, says Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Wednesday said that there was not just a wave but BJP tsunami in Himachal Pradesh.Addressing a rally in Mandi, Shah said, “Rahul baba the writing is on the wall, BJP is coming to power in Himachal Pradesh.”Looking at the rally today, the BJP chief said, “I can confidently say that there is a BJP tsunami in Himachal, not just a wave.”The BJP and the Congress had been ruling the state alternately for close to three decades, and Dhumal was at its helm for 10 years.On Tuesday, Prem Kumar Dhumal, who has been the Himachal Pradesh chief minister twice, was declared as BJP’s chief ministerial candidate by Shah.Dhumal had been spearheading the party’s campaign in the state since 1998 assembly polls. He led it to victory in 1998 and 2007 but lost in 2003 and 2012.Himachal Pradesh goes to polls on November 9 and results would be declared on December 18.Meanwhile, the ruling Congress released its manifesto, promising to strengthen the farm sector by granting interest-free loans to farmers, a creation of 1.50 lakh jobs in the government sector and free laptops to 50,000 college students.Restoration of the pre-2004 pension scheme, regularisation of contract employees after two years, enhanced daily wages, social security pension and appointment of anti- corruption grievances commissioner were the other promises made in the manifesto.

Himachal Elections 2017: Prem Kumar Dhumal announced as BJP CM candidate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a sudden development, the Bharatiya Janata Party has named former Himachal Pradesh CM Prem Kumar Dhumal as the CM candidate for the poll bound state. The decision was announced by BJP President Amit Shah who is currently campaigning in Himachal. ​Dhumal is a two time CM of the hilly state. Himachal Pradesh with 68 Assembly seats will be polling on November 9. The counting of votes will be held on December 18. Dhumal along with JP Nadda were tipped as the two favoured choice for the top post. Finally Dhumal got the nod ahead of Nadda. The fact that BJP lost power twice under Dhumal was weighing on the mind of the BJP top leadership. But finally the clout Prem Kumar Dhumal enjoys in Himachal swayed the decision in his favour.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Tuesday questioned Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi about the work Congress has done in all these years. “Rahul asks Modi that what they have done in three years. But I would like to ask him that what they have done in all these years,” Shah said, while addressing a public rally in Kangra. He also hit out at the Virbhadra Singh-led government, saying there has been no development in the state.”For five years the way how the government has worked in Himachal, I don’t think that Himachal has developed the way it should have been,” he added.With agency inputs

BJP to launch 68 Rath Yatras across Himachal to gear up for Assembly polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gearing up for the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has decided to launch “Rath Yatras” in all the 68 Assembly constituencies in the state.The three day state executive meeting of party, which concluded here today, decided to intensify the mass contact programme to reach out to the voters.Briefing media, former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said that women’s safety, corruption, law and order etc would be the main poll plank of the party.All cases of crime against women including the infamous Kotkhai rape and murder case would be raised, he said.Dhumal said the credibility of the state police had touched rock bottom and people were demanding CBI probes in all sensitive cases.He alleged that the government was shielding the culprits and criminals and added that people were fed up and wanted change.He said that the BJP had targeted fifty plus seats in the 68-member assembly but as the situation is changing, the party may even win sixty plus seats.The vision document for the Assembly polls is under preparation and party has sought suggestions from various sections of the society, he said.Besides local issues that have “completely eroded the credibility of the government”, the achievements of NDA government and the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi would factors steering the BJP to a landslide victory, Dhumal claimed.He asserted that the NDA government gave liberal assistance to Himachal, restored special category status and sanctioned developmental projects including 72 National Highway and four-laning projects.But the state government did not even prepare the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs), he claimed adding that the financial mismanagement have put the state into a debt trap and loans of the state government have mounted to Rs 50,000 crore.Earlier addressing the meeting the Union Health minister JP Nadda called upon the workers to tighten the belts and ensure a massive victory.He listed the achievements of the NDA government and detailed the steps to detect the black money, passing of the GST Bill and a series of other schemes for the welfare of poor.Senior leader Ramlal also addressed the meeting. He urged the workers to highlight the achievements of the Modi government and actively participate in the mass contact programme.

PM Modi to launch UDAN on April 27

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi would pay a one-day visit to the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh on April 27 where he will lay the foundation stone of a college, besides addressing a BJP rally.The detailed programme of the Prime Minister’s visit is being finalised. Union Health Minister JP Nadda and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal reached here this evening, while the Special Protection Group (SPG), armed force responsible for the security to the Prime Minister, discussed the security situation with the state BJP leaders.The Prime Minister would arrive at Jubbar Hatti Airport and launch the ‘UDAN'(Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme from there. Thereafter, he would drive straight to the venue of the rally at Ridge where he will address the party workers and also lay the foundation stone of Government Hydro Engineering College at Bilapur on line.Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the visit, and about 2,000 security personnel have been deployed at the venue of the rally.

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