DODA, Oct 1: Making a scathing attack on National Conference (NC) and Congress, Union Minister of State in PMO with independent charge of North Eastern States, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that two parties were polarizing the State on communal lines.
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Addressing a mammoth public gathering in village Humble near here, Dr Jitendra Singh said that those who are accusing the BJP of playing divisive politics are in fact themselves playing worst kind of divisive politics on communal lines. “They play Muslim card in Muslim area of the State and Hindu card in Hindu areas to mislead the voters without any regard for people and the nation”, he added.
He said on the other hand BJP policy is justice for all and appeasement to none. “It doesn’t exercise any discrimination on the basis of religion, region or caste and added that Narendra Modi Government at Centre is committed for equitable development of all three regions of the State and it also follows a consistent stand on national security while the parties like NC and Congress have opposite stand in Kashmir and Jammu respectively on the crucial issues like Rohingyas and West Pakistan refugees.”
Turning tables on NC-Congress, he said the two parties in last 50 years have played with the sentiments of the Hindus against Muslims and with sentiments of Muslims against Hindus. “They have done this disservice to both the communities by exploiting them for vote gain”, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh, however, said that now they can’t succeed in this game of divisive politics as in the future elections the decisive vote will be of the youth who can’t be taken by ride by the tricks of the past.
On the occasion, the Union Minister declared two Panchayats of block Marmat including Humble as Open Defecation Free (ODF) blocks because it was announced on the eve of conclusion of Swachhta Seva fortnight tomorrow. Dr Singh said it is a matter of pride that prior to this, Reasi block was declared first ODF block of the State for which he received mention in PM’s Radio broadcast Maan Ki Baat.
It may be recalled that Humble village has been adopted by the Union Minister to be developed as a model village under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna.
The Union Minister informed that new roads worth Rs 50 crore have been proposed last week for Doda district under Centre Road Fund (CRF) which is in addition to the CRF roads in the current financial year and the roads included Rs 2800 crore under PMGSY.
Highlighting the notable achievements for the year he mentioned sanction of Sudh Mahadev -Chenani Highway for Rs 2100 crore and historic Chatergala Tunnel for Rs 3500 crore. “Even though it will take a few years to be completed but once the tunnel becomes operational it will be possible to travel from Doda, Bhaderwah and Basohli to Dalhousi in HP within six to seven hours”, the Union Minister added.
Dr Jitendra Singh said the proposed Expressway Corridor from Delhi to Katra via Amritsar Punjab will take five to six hours and improve connectivity of Doda district also. All these new roadways will not only provide alternative mode of transport but generate revenue, business and jobs also, he added.
For Humble Panchayat, Dr Jitendra Singh announced Rs 50 lakh for construction of four major lanes and in addition he also donated 25 solar lights and sponsored five high school students for advance science training in Chennai (Tamil Nadu).
He also announced from MP- LAD fund an ambulance and a playground for children in the Panchayat Humble. He said that State Government will be approached for upgrading High School and existing Health Centre in the adjacent village of Kalota.
Dr Jitendra Singh announced providing solar lights and macadamization of link road. On the popular demand a branch of the Bank has been accepted and Deputy Commissioner Doda will be following the issue.
MLA Doda Shakti Parihar while addressing the gathering said various projects for the district were brought by the MP and they are also being followed by him. He said the first ever Post Office in Gandoh was got sanctioned and established by the Dr Jitendra Singh although the district produced many Cabinet Ministers at Centre and in the State.
BJP district president Manjit Razdan presided over the function and highlighted the initiative taken by the Union Minister for development of Doda district as well as other areas of the Parliamentary Constituency. He asked the people to strengthen the hands of MP and the Party in the area which is the real well wisher of the people living in the far-flung and remote areas.
Suresh Sharma Mandal president Marmat and Deputy Commissioner, Doda Bhawani Rakhwal were also present on the occasion.