Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday upped the pitch against the Congress in Himachal Pradesh, likening the state's ruling party to "termites" that needed to be rooted out. PM Modi also told the election rally that the Congress had already conceded defeat and its senior leaders had backed off. "No senior Congress leader came here to campaign... They have left the field, leaving everything on fate," he said at the rally in Kangra district, the state's most populous district that is home to a fifth of the state's population. This was PM Modi's second visit in three days to Kangra that sends 16 legislators to the state's 68-member assembly.