DODA, Apr 7: Hitting out at Congress and National Conference (NC) leaders for their oft repeated statements alleging that BJP is dividing the society on communal lines, Union Minister and BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Udhampur-Kathua-Doda Parliamentary constituency, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that BJP never exploited religion for vote, while Congress and its allies, which are making such manufactured allegations, are in fact tactically trying to seek votes by sowing the seed of polarisation.
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Addressing a series of meetings attended by a mixed population of all communities, in far – flung areas of Goha-Marmat, Kastigarh, Trawn, Kalhand and other spots in district Doda, Dr Jitendra Singh said, over the years, Congress and its allies, including the National Conference, have mastered the art of issuing statements which tend to paint BJP as an anti-Muslim Party, so that they can seek en-bloc vote of that community. He said, these parties had tried the same trick in 2014 Parliamentary elections also in a bid to vitiate the electoral environment, but today, the circumstances have changed and over the five years, every section of society is convinced that Congress exploits religion, but BJP does not exploit religion and instead gives justice to all.
In these meetings, which were attended in a large number by the members of Muslim community, Dr Jitendra Singh asked, when the free gas cylinder under the Modi Government’s Ujjwala scheme reached the family, did the service provider inquired whether the household belongs to Hindu or Muslim? Similarly, he said, when the network of roads was established by the Modi Government, was any direction passed that there will be a separate toll-post or tax for the vehicles driven by Muslim owners?
Enumerating some of the landmark institutions initiated in district Doda after June 2014, like Medical College at Ghat-Doda, National Institute of High Altitude Medicinal Plants at Bhaderwah, AYUSH Hospital at Kishtwar, 1000 MW Pakkal-Dhul Power Project in Kishtwar, two bridges on river Chenab, three tunnels, namely Chhattergalla Tunnel connecting Doda to Banni-Basohli, Khilaini-Shuddh Mahadev-Goha Highway with a tunnel and Kaljugar Tunnel, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the benefits of these projects initiated after 2014 by the Modi Government will be available to all the communities in equal measure. Similarly, he said, the Degree College in remote Kastigarh and Kendriya Vidyalayas in remote Jodhpur and Gandoh will also benefit all the communities.
On the contrary, Dr Jitendra Singh accused the Congress and NC governments in the past of having deliberately neglected such areas where they did not find enough vote-bank and selectively tried to benefit such areas which were dominated by a particular community. He said, while Congress-NC have abused the name of secularism, the BJP Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tried to give equal respect to all religion and undo the injustice of the past. In this regard, he cited the example of the “Triple Talaq” legislation brought by the Modi Government, which has been celebrated by Muslim women across the country.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, during the last five years, the Modi Government has tried to cultivate a new political culture based on justice, fair-play, transparency and equitable distribution of resources. As a result of this, he said, for the first time, the nation has realized the true meaning of democracy and that is why, Congress and its allies have started a false propaganda that if Modi or if BJP returns to power, there is a grave danger. Danger to whom?, he asked. When 130 crore people of this country want Modi to continue as Prime Minister, he said, it is danger to those few who are anticipating imminent end to the dynasty rule perpetuated by them, generation after generation, and who made overnight fortunes from the funds and resources provided for the poor people of this country.
Former Minister and MLA Doda Shakti Parihar, former MLA Ramban Neelam Langeh and senior BJP leaders of the region accompanied Dr Jitendra Singh during these meetings.