BJP didn’t follow practice of stopping yatras: Dr Jitendra

BJP leaders at party's Executive meeting at Kathua on Monday.
BJP leaders at party's Executive meeting at Kathua on Monday.

Chug accuses Cong, NC of breaking country in 1947
Avtar Bhat
KATHUA, Jan 23 : While BJP national general secretary and incharge J&K, Tarun Chug accused Congress, National Conference (NC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of breaking the country in 1947 and weakening democracy in the country, Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh took a strong dig at Congress and its leadership saying that BJP led Government did not follow Congress practice of stopping yatra but gave a safe passage to its vice president, Rahul Gandhi led yatra to Kashmir.
They were speaking at BJP UT Executive meeting held here, today.
Chug, in his address, blamed former Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru and former Chief Minister of J&K, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah for weakening democracy in J&K and said it were they who forcibly defeated the Praja Parishad led by Pt Prem Nath Dogra in elections during late fifties and declared NC candidates as victorious.
Justifying the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35 A , Chug said BJP struggled 70 years for total integration of J&K with rest of country and abrogation of 370 was in the blood of the party so it fulfilled its commitment made with the people of the country. “Abrogation of controversial Articles was a step towards strengthening democracy in J&K and to give rights to West Pak, PoJK refugees, Valmiki Samaj, Gujjars and Bakerwals, Paharis and other category of people including women of the erstwhile State”, he added.
He accused the Congress, PDP and NC of creating animosity between various sections of the people on the basis of religion and region. He said had Sardar Patel been allowed to tackle J&K like other princely States of the country by Pt Nehru the Kashmir, the issue would have not been there. “Nehru was the root cause of Kashmir issue. The policies of Congress and NC made Kashmir a capital of terrorism earlier but with the pro people policies of Narendra Modi Government the terrorism was replaced by tourism in J&K and militants are being now chased to death by the security forces,” he added.
While seconding the political resolution moved by MP Jugal Kishore Sharma, Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh accused Congress and NC of stopping every yatra from entering Jammu and Kashmir by the Governments led by these two parties.
He said the yatra led by founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Dr Shayama Prasad Mookherjee and former Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1953 was stopped at Lakhanpur despite the fact that Mookherjee in his capacity as MP had written a letter to then PM of J&K, Sheikh Abdullah for taking out the yatra to Kashmir.
The late leader was jailed and later his death took place under mysterious circumstances in Srinagar, he said, adding in 1992 the yatra led by former president of BJP, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi was also not allowed to enter Kashmir while in 2011 BJP yatra led by former Ministers, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Sawaraj and Anant Kumar was also not allowed to reach the erstwhile State by the Congress -NC Government. He said these yatras were not only stopped but the BJP activists were subjected to hardships and suppression by the then ruling parties.
Maintaining that the BJP Government led by Narendra Modi believes in highest democratic norms allowed the safe passage to Rahul Gandhi led yatra and provided full security to yatra, its leadership and MPs.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that, right from the beginning, BJP shared an intertwined legacy with J&K and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had reinforced it by correcting the anomalies of the past and shifting the focus to development. He said, J&K , along with Himalayan States like Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, is going to be a major contributor to India’s future economy.
He said most of the welfare and youth-centric schemes rolled out by Prime Minister, Modi, are the ones with which the BJP Karyakartas can get associated by way of promoting them and ensuring that they reach the right kind of people for whom they have been planned. He suggested that Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and Mahila Morcha can prepare a calendar of programmes to reach out to people with schemes like Ujjwala Yojana, Mudra Yojana, PM Awas Yojana, etc.
Describing Modi as not only the longest serving head of the Government, first as Chief Minister and then as Prime Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh said, he is also amongst the longest serving heads of the Government in the world. The world today looks up to Modi not only with respect but also for guidance, he said.
Party’s co-incharge J&K, Ashish Sood while addressing Working Committee said people who were seeing Shankaracharya Ji in the Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi have to answer to the people of Jammu and Kashmir about the party’s failure to stand up for the people of erstwhile State when massacres like Kalu Chak and Chittisingh Pora took place.
They have to answer why they were silent when lakhs of people were forced to migrate. Why no yatra against hatred and Jihadis was taken out then? he asked.
Sood, while asserting that the insurgency has been controlled and UPA’s days of corruption have gone, said it is the responsibility of the workers to make aware the aspirational young voter about the failures of NC. He accused the Congress of trying to take J&K back into the era of insurgency and corruption because the new Kashmir where the youth is getting recognition in the field of sports, art, culture and education throughout the country and even internationally does not suit the “Gupkar gang” who always wanted youth to have stones in their hands.
Now in this New Kashmir of Narendra Modi youth are performing well in the field of cricket internationally and have won many medals in the national games. This new Kashmir does not suit the “Gupkar gang,” Sood added.
He urged the workers of the party to go up to the last village to awaken the aspirational youth of the UT.
BJP UT president, Ravinder Raina highlighted various pro people policies of the Modi Government and said in the coming Assembly elections his party will get the absolute majority to form the Government on its own. He said in every election the BJP got higher vote percentage and for this the credit goes to hard work of party cadre.
Former Deputy CM Dr Nirmal Singh who also seconded the resolution tabled by MP Jugal Kishore Sharma took a dig at Congress, NC and other Kashmir centric parties of launching a misinformation campaign. He asked why the Congress failed to take yatra when the J&K was in the grip of militancy and massacres took place in erstwhile Doda, Reasi, Poonch and Rajouri districts besides various parts of Kashmir valley. He further asked party leaders to give a befitting reply to Opposition propaganda and strengthen the party.
The political resolution which among other things advocating for settling the problems of striking employees and security to package and reserved category employees also demanded that all minority employees serving in Kashmir be provided the secured accommodations.
Former Deputy CM Kavinder Gupta, party general secretary, Vibodh Gupta, BJYM president Arun Prabhat Singh and Ishant Gupta also spoke in the meeting while Shakti Parihar, party vice president conducted the proceedings and vote of thanks was proposed by former Minister, Rajiv Jasrotia.
Former Minister, Priya Sethi read the condolence note and Media in charge, Dr Pardeep Mahotra recited the organisational song.