Cong, Kashmir leaders unable to digest air strikes: Dr Jitendra

Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh addressing a public meeting at Hiranagar after laying the foundation stone of new Hiranagar bridge on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh addressing a public meeting at Hiranagar after laying the foundation stone of new Hiranagar bridge on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

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KATHUA/ HIRANAGAR Mar 6: Taking a strong dig at Congress as well as Kashmiri leaders for demanding proof of recent air strikes on terrorist camps by brave-hearts of Indian Air Force, Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh said when the relatives of those who were operating in terror camps themselves admit about the air strikes by Indian forces saying that heavy damage has been incurred then what more proof these leaders need than this.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a youth Samelan at Kathua today, Dr Jitendra Singh ridiculed the statements of Congress as well as leaders of some Kashmir centric parties questioning the veracity of air strikes, saying it indicated that the damage suffered by these leaders politically through the bold and decisive action of Modi Government is more than the damage suffered by the terrorists so they are unable to reconcile with it.
Dr Jitendra Singh said it is not known what these leaders want to convey to the nation by demanding the proof of air strikes? Without naming any one, he took serious exception to the statements of some Congress and Kashmiri leaders of different parties and said that they can’t mislead the countrymen this way. Click here to watch video
Dr Jitendra Singh said that people of country trust Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and they have total confidence in his leadership. He said when Narendra Modi has launched a war to weed out terrorism which has eaten up vitals of society over the decades, the opposition is ganging up against him.
“But I have trust and faith in the people of India that they will frustrate the designs of these leaders by giving a landslide victory to BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections”.
Dr Jitendra Singh said country needs a strong leader like Modi to lead it in future too and people are wise enough to take a decision which is good for nation and them so they can’t be misled by such maneuverings of vested interests.
Earlier, talking to reporters at Hiranagar while laying the foundation stone of a vital bridge, Dr Jitendra Singh lambasted the previous rulers who discriminated with the people of International Border (IB) for decades together by depriving them of reservation benefits in Government employment and admission in professional colleges at par with people of Line of Control (LoC).
He asked what was the logic in depriving the people of IB of the reservation when they too face the hostilities from across the border and have suffered heavily over the years by shelling from across.
Dr Jitendra Singh while hailing the Modi Government for giving approval to four percent reservation in jobs and education institutions for the residents living along the International Border (IB), said, he leaves it to analysts to find out what was the compulsion for the earlier Governments, because of which they granted four percent reservation for border people living along LoC but deprived the same to people living along the International Border.
Alleging that such inhuman discrimination was motivated by blatant vote bank politics, he said, “we have tried to undo the injustice and discrimination of the past without considerations of vote bank”.
He said not only this but many historical decisions for the welfare of people of State were taken by Modi Government.
Continuing with the spree of new launchings and inaugurations, before the imposition of the Election Code of Conduct, Dr Jitendra Singh earlier laid the foundation stone of crucial new Hiranagar bridge, which had been a long standing public demand for several decades.
The Advisor to Governor K K Sharma also accompanied him during the laying of foundation stone.
To be constructed at a cost of Rs 2.60 crore, the bridge is scheduled to be ready within a timeline of six months and will provide easy connectivity of Hiranagar town with the rest of the district.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the existing bridge is too narrow in width, which often led to delays in traffic movement. As a result, he said, this was causing lot of inconvenience to the local residents in the area and was also not compatible from the security point of view. He also congratulated the local people for the recent sanction of two Degree Colleges for Hiranagar tehsil.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, since the election Code of Conduct is round the corner, an attempt is made to start the construction work on all those projects which have been approved. In this sequence, he said, while on Monday, the foundation was laid for the crucial Devika bridge in Udhampur, yesterday over Rs.200 crore worth Central Road Fund and Government of India’s PMGSY road projects were launched.
Dr Jitendra Singh also informed that 14 critical care vans and 6 Hearse Vans (Shav Vaahan) had been donated in the constituency at a cost of over Rs 5 crore from the MP Fund. These, he said, would be available for use in the next three to four weeks and will be particularly a great relief for people living in the border areas.
While referring to construction of bunkers, both individual and community bunkers, funded by Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Dr Jitendra Singh admitted that the pace of construction was slow and needed to be expedited. He said, the initial delay had happened on the part of the administration for not being able to provide exact location and details for the construction of these bunkers, but during the Governor’s rule, these hiccups have been overcome to a large extent.
With the construction of Seema Bhawans, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the border dwellers will not have to wander for shelter in the event of cross-border firing. In addition, he said, there is a plan to construct around 1100 Sulabh Toilets in the border villages, of which over 400 are already complete.
Advisor K K Sharma, while speaking on the occasion, appreciated the painstaking efforts made by Dr Jitendra Singh for his constituency. He said, he has taken note of the non-availability of doctors in the Hiranagar Hospital and would immediately take it up with the concerned department.
Former MLA Kuldeep Raj, DDC Rohit Khajuria, Chairman Hiranagar Municipal Committee, Vijay Sharma, district president, BJP, Prem Nath Dogra, and former Chairman, Backward Class Board, Rashpal Verma also spoke on the occasion.
The function was also attended by Chairman, Kathua, Municipal Council, Naresh Sharma, BJYM, National Executive Member, Bharat Sharma and Keshaw Khajuria, BJYM district vice president Kathua among others