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Union Minister Anurag Thakur, who is in Himachal Pradesh to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state assembly elections, addressed public gatherings via phone as he was unable to reach the rally sites due to the smog.
Notably, Anurag Thakur who has multiple rallies and road shows lined up for the last day of the campaigning failed to reach two rally sites due to the presence of smog in Shimla from where he was scheduled to take off to the rally sites concerned via helicopter. As per the visuals, the Union Minister was seen addressing the public gathering via his phone.
#BREAKING | Union Minister Anurag Thakur addresses rally from his phone when chopper can't take off due to smog. Campaigning for the Himachal Pradesh elections enters the final leg today. Tune in #LIVE: https://t.co/GAtGCvL5mm pic.twitter.com/yz9l9gM3xQ— Republic (@republic) November 10, 2022
Speaking on the development, the Minister said, "When it is the last day and you have to address 5 meetings and two road shows and you have to wait for a couple of hours just to address one of the rallies, I think it brings a toll on you. It’s not easy to manage. But somehow people agreed and I addressed them on phone."
In an exclusive interview with Republic Media Network, the Minister said, "You can see smog. It never happened in Himachal. The whole impact of Punjab can be seen here. Arvind Kejriwal and his governments not only polluted the politics but also polluted the atmosphere."
Anurag Thakur also spoke about Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia trying to obtain documents related to the liquor scam. "This is an interesting case study for the country. Arvind Kejriwal is the Chief Minister for the last eight years but he has no department and signs on no files. Satyendar and others will go to jail but the kingpin will remain outside. Arvind Kejriwal shamelessly gives a clean chit to Satyendar Jain who is facing corruption charges and is in jail for the last five months. Accused no.1 Manish Sisodia retains his post as kingpin is Arvind Kejriwal," Thakur told Republic Media Network.
#BREAKING | Republic speaks to Union Minister @ianuragthakur in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh. The leader lashes out at the AAP as more allegations and arrests take place in the liquorgate case. Tune in #LIVE: https://t.co/GAtGCw2GdU pic.twitter.com/e5LCJezvRc— Republic (@republic) November 10, 2022
"These are the same people who said in 2014 that we will fight a battle against corruption. They would talk about 'India Against Corruption. If anyone is embroiled in corruption, it is Arvind Kejriwal and AAP," he added.
"AAP did not get any seat in Uttarakhand or in the UP. That’s why I want to say that BJP will form the government here (Himachal). People won’t choose the corrupt Congress and AAP. People will choose the double-engine government as they have seen development under the BJP government," Anurag Thakur told Republic Media Network.
The Union Minister accused Kejriwal for the smog and said, "I missed two programmes due to Kejriwal’s smog. I will address these two gatherings via phone."