BJP has failed to deliver on promises: Mir

JKPCC chief G A Mir addressing a press conference in Srinagar. —Excelsior/Shakeel
JKPCC chief G A Mir addressing a press conference in Srinagar. —Excelsior/Shakeel

Vinod Kaul joins Congress

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Mar 27: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president, G A Mir,  today criticized the BJP for not fulfilling their promises which they made during the last Assembly elections and termed them as gimmicks to win elections.
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Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, Mir said that several promises that BJP made during the last Assembly election turned out to be mere political gimmicks as nothing happened on the ground.
“After five years of Government all the promises proved to be gimmicks which were made to lure  the people  to vote, and no such things happened on the ground. The promises like each Indian would receive Rs 15 lakh in his account, promises to farmers and employment to over two crore youth remain unfulfilled, “ said Mir.
He said that if people vote the party to the power, several schemes would be launched for the upliftment of farmers, women and low incomes groups of the society.  He said the party would wave off farm loans to give a push to the food processing industry. Besides, he said, they will introduce women’s bill, which will provide 33% reservation to the women and Minimum income scheme, which will cater to the weaker section of the society.
For the lower income groups of the society, the JKPCC president said, the Congress has envisioned a minimum income guarantee programme. “It will be a commitment, not a gimmick.  People who are living below the poverty line will be provided one-time cash of Rs 32,000 and Rs 600 month.  The woman of the family will receive it in her account so that she can educate her children and provide them with better healthcare.  This has not happened so far in any democracies. It will benefit 5-crore families and that is about 20% of the total population, “ he said.
Meanwhile, former Commissioner Secretary, Vinod Kaul,  and several others joined the Indian National Congress (NC) at Congress headquarters. Kaul joined along with several workers.
Jammu and Kashmir National Congress State president, G A Mir, welcomed him to the party fold. Mir while introducing Vinod Kaul informed the workers who had assembled in the lawns of JKPCC office that his father was one of the tallest leaders of the Party who had represented Devsar and Shangus Assembly segments four times.
“His father was a member of State cabinet as well and his contribution in building party is immense,” he said. He called his joining as  Ghar Wapsi.
Mir also said as an officer Kaul’s contribution is commendable and his vast experience will benefit the party in carrying out and implementing various programmes.
Speaking on the occasion, Vinod Kaul, said that he has joined the party to uphold Kashmiriyat and keep communal forces away. “My focus will be to bring the society together, protect the Kashmiriryat, which is facing an onslaught from external forces, and keep communal forces away from Kashmir”, he said.