Gandhi's announcement on Virbhadra as the CM face of Congress comes at a time, when the party in charge for HP, Sushil Kumar Shinde had been stressing that Congress will go to polls with "collective leadership".
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) today passed a resolution requesting All India Congress Committee vice-president Rahul Gandhi to take over as president from his mother Sonia Gandhi.
Virbhadra Singh held a meeting with the government officials and Congress workers.
Noting that Congress-ruled Himachal Pradesh has provided government employment to approximately 70,000 youth and is providing an unemployment allowance of Rs 1,000 per month, he said that the Gujarat government in the past five years provided less than 10,000 government jobs and not even providing unemployment allowance. "And the ground situation is that 30,000 job seekers are being added every 24 hours but only 450 persons are getting jobs per day while our competitor China is giving jobs to 50,000 persons every day, " he said.
The minister said, the revision of the rates by the BJP government was an admission on its part that it had grossly gone wrong with the GST implementation. "This is the biggest blow on the Indian economy".
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During his speech Rahul is expected to hit back at PM Modi, who recently attacked the Congress party for being out on bail, said party insiders.
As the race for assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat heats-up, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress-Vice President took swings at each other over the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and its subsequent changes in the nex tax regime by the Centre. Referring to the plight of farmers, Gandhi stated that the maximum suicides amongst them are taking place in the BJP-ruled states. "And we kept them for many many years", he said. He said that the fall in GDP by 2 percent speaks in volumes about mismanagement of the economic reforms.
Slamming the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government at the centre, he rued that the Prime Minister was launching a scheme everyday and many of those schemes were routine schemes for year which Congress had initiated.
"I want to make it clear that it is the responsibility of the central government to provide state share for undertaking development and the funds provided for AIIMS is not from anyone's pocket".