‘We will create history as no govt has retained power in HP’

Prem Kumar Dhumal
You have just completed elections in Himachal Pradesh (HP). Do you expect any surprise?

The poll results will be on expected lines for us. We will create history, however, as no incumbent government has ever been voted back to power in Himachal Pradesh. We have already created new records. In the past, the government could not run beyond two and a half years. For the first time in 1998, the BJP formed a government that ran for five years. In 2007 we formed a government of our own.

You promised free distribution of induction heaters. Even Narendra Modi was seen endorsing this promise during campaigning. Do you think it has worked in BJP's favour against Congress promise of removing unemployment from the state?

When UPA government decided to put a cap on number of cylinders, we said we cannot give subsidy, nor can we increase the limit of cylinders. Be we came forward to give free electric chullas to every household. We have the cheapest electricity for people. On an average, the electricity consumption it is two units per day. So even if one consumes 10 units, the bill will not cross 300 rupees per month.

You are considered very close to Narendra Modi. How do you see his prospects of returning to power again?

Modi has no challenge in Gujarat. Has been a very successful CM. Gujarat model is considered ideal for every state. Himachal government has also entered in to a number of MoUs with the government including GPS, climate change, geo-informatics. We always got full cooperation from the Gujarat government and the CM. Modi is a very far sighted leader. You may like him, or you may not, but you certainly cannot ignore him.

Do you endorse Narendra Modi as a PM candidate?

First I have come to support him as the Chief Minister of Gujarat and thereafter….. That's why I say, Gujarat has a chance to stand behind one man named Modi. He has already emerged as a national leader. The nation needs such a strong leadership.

What is Modi's strongest point?

I think Modi can anticipate things well in advance. Second, he can plan and he has a determination to implement his plans. As a friend I know him as a soft, sympathetic and helping person. I would tell the people of Gujarat that they have got the best leader and the best model of governance. The whole world is looking at Gujarat's election results.

Will the polls results of Gujarat shadow the outcome in HP?

Every state has its own relevance. People in Himachal will be more interested in their own results and same goes for Gujarat. But these poll results will certainly have an impact on the national politics. We are going to win both the states and the existence of UPA government will be further threatened.

What are your thoughts on Modi's comments on Sunanda Pushkar while campaigning in Himachal Pradesh?

Anybody coming to my state can make any comment. That is freedom of speech. I don't comment on others speeches and what they speak. Whatever Modi speaks, people create controversies out of that. There is a particular section of people who always find some fault about him.

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