- Congress like termites, needs to be taken out from the roots, says PM
- Is campaigning for Himachal Pradesh elections to be held next week
- Says Congress has already accepted defeat and 'run away' from campaigning
"If you clean just on the surface, termites come back after a few days. The Congress party's depraved mentality is like termites. You cannot just change the government and expect to be done with it, you have to take them out from the roots. Only then we can free Himachal of this disease," he said.
"There should not be one polling booth where this termite called Congress be allowed to thrive," PM Modi added.
PM Modi said the Congress has conceded defeat in the hill state as its senior leaders have "run away" from campaigning in the state leaving Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to his fate.
Seeking strong mandate in favour of the BJP, PM Modi said the state had progressed most when Prem Kumar Dhumal was its chief minister and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister as the central government pumped in money which Mr Dhumal used effectively for development of Himachal Pradesh.
PM Modi said he and Mr Dhumal, who is the party's chief ministerial candidate, would take the state to new heights of development, adding that its infrastructure and tourism sectors needed a boost.