BJP President Amit Shah here on Monday expressed confidence that the party will win all the Lok Sabha seats in Himachal Pradesh.
Addressing a rally in Una attended by BJP booth level workers, Shah listed out several achievements of the union government. He said that while BJP has managed to implement One Rank One Pension (OROP) as promised, for Congress OROP means Only Rahul, Only Priyanka. He was referring to the One Rank, One Pension programme to equalise pension payments for retired military personnel in the country.
“For over 70 years, no one cared about the soldier. When the Narendra Modi government came to power, we introduced One Rank, One Pension (OROP). However, the Congress also follows OROP, which is Only Rahul Only Priyanka,” Amit Shah, who was received by Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur at the airport in Chandigarh earlier, said.
The Congress last week declared Priyanka Gandhi’s political debut as party general secretary in charge of one half of Uttar Pradesh for the national election due by May. The announcement has drawn a range of reactions from political parties.
BJP leaders have been skeptical as well as contemptuous of the Congress move, which is seen as a big gamble and a sign that the party will play for high stakes in the national polls.
OROP was a longstanding demand of the armed forces and veterans who demanded the same pension for the same rank, for the same length of service, irrespective of the date of retirement.