Centre has done justice with all sections, JK marching towards peace, progress: Nadda

Says holding big BJP rallies in Kashmir shows BJP’s growth

Raina, Stanzin give presentation of two UTs

Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, July 7: BJP president JP Nadda today said that Jammu and Kashmir has been marching towards peace, progress and prosperity very fast and people in the UT have developed full faith in democracy. He lauded BJP’s growth in the UT especially the Valley where the party earlier had negligible presence but now it is holding big rallies there.
Nadda is reported to have made these remarks while addressing a meeting of State/UT presidents and general secretary (Organizations) of North Zone and national office bearers in New Delhi. The meeting is being seen as a move by Nadda to review preparations of States/UTs for ‘Mission 2024’ and Assembly elections where they are due in December this year.
In North Zone, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan are scheduled to have Assembly polls in December. Though Assembly elections are also due in Jammu and Kashmir, their schedule hasn’t been notified by the Election Commission of India so far.
From Jammu and Kashmir, the meeting was attended by UT BJP chief Ravinder Raina and general secretary (Organizations) Ashok Koul. BJP national secretary Narinder Singh, who hails from J&K, was also present.
“Peace, Progress and Prosperity have been restored in Jammu and Kashmir. People in the UT have full faith in democracy. It’s now ‘Khushhali Ka Daur’ (an era of prosperity) in J&K,” Nadda reportedly said while touching Jammu and Kashmir in his address to the meeting.
All this is because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy of treating all people as one and delivering justice to every section of society, he said.
Referring to Ravinder Raina’s address earlier on grant of rights to various sections of society like Gujjars and Bakerwals, Paharis, Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Dalits, Gorkhas, Valmikis, refugees and women, Nadda said every section has got its due in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Today, the BJP has been holding big rallies in the Kashmir valley. This is the same place where nobody used to carry the BJP flag. The party has recorded strong growth in Jammu and Kashmir,” Nadda is reported to have said.
It may be mentioned here that during his three-day tour to Jammu and Kashmir in October last year, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had addressed massive rallies at Baramulla and Rajouri. BJP leaders from J&K have also been addressing rallies in different parts of the Valley.
In his address, Ravinder Raina elaborated political and security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir saying stone pelting has become a thing of past, terror incidents have drastically come down, business and educational institutions function normally and, above all, G20 summit has been conducted peacefully in the Valley.
“All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are coming up in Vijaypur and Awantipora, a number of National Highways, tunnels and road projects are being constructed and many of them are nearing completion and all-round development is taking place across the UT,” Raina said.
On political front, Raina said the BJP is always ready to face Assembly elections whenever they are announced by the Election Commission of India and was focussing on all five Lok Sabha seats of Jammu and Kashmir in 2024 Parliamentary polls.
From the Union Territory of Ladakh, UT BJP chief Phunchok Stanzin attended the meeting and called for safeguards to the UT. He also demanded creation of two new districts–Nubra and Zanskar in Ladakh.
Stanzin also stressed for strengthening Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils (LAHDCs) of Leh and Kargil.
Nadda responded positively to all suggestions raised by Stanzin.
Stanzin also gave presentation on the BJP’s increasing strength in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
Though the Leh Apex Body (LAB) and Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) have been demanding Statehood and Sixth Schedule for Ladakh among others, the BJP has been calling for safeguards. The BJP is opposed to Statehood on the ground that UT was demand of Ladakh which has been fulfilled by Narendra Modi Government.
PTI adds from New Delhi:
BJP president J P Nadda chaired a meeting of party leaders from various States, including Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, as the party ramps up its campaign for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Senior leaders deliberated on a host of organisational programmes, people’s feedback and the strategy ahead, sources said.
Functionaries from Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Daman Diu-Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Haryana were present in the meeting.
The meeting also comes ahead of Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Mizoram.
On Thursday, a similar meeting was held with leaders, mostly from eastern and northEastern States, in Guwahati. BJP leaders from Southern States and Maharashtra will meet in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Sources said that “sewa, sushashan and garib kalyan (service, good governance, welfare of the poor)” has been the theme of the meetings with a focus on achievements and new initiatives of the Government.
The BJP has stepped up its organisational activities with the party ramping up its campaign to retain power at the Centre under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership.