NEW DELHI, June 22: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that Congress leadership was rattled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effective handling of Kashmir.
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the three-day “5th India International MSME Startup Expo” here today, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Prime Minister Modi’s approach towards Jammu & Kashmir has been based on consistency, clarity and conviction, which is something that was elusive in the six decades of rule by the Congress and its allies. “And what we witness in Kashmir today is, in fact, a cumulative outcome of a series of blunders committed by the Congress leadership, beginning right from the infamous “Nehruvian blunders”,” he added.
When asked to respond to the “Azadi” statements by Congress leaders Saifuddin Soz and Ghulam Nabi Azad, Dr Jitendra Singh said, he was personally not surprised because, it has been an established trend in Kashmir politics that when the Kashmir-centric leaders, including those of Congress, are in power, they swear by Kashmir being an integral part of India, but, when thrown out of power, they overnight gain some strange new enlightenment and resort to separatist or semi-separatist jargon, and begin to question the status of Kashmir. “If ever restored back to power, which is unlikely, the same Congress leaders will again start swearing by Kashmir being an integral part of India”, he quipped.
Dr Jitendra Singh also questioned the credentials of the Congress party and its president, Rahul Gandhi, saying, it is now for the 130 crore people of this country to decide whether this party or its leader can ever be trusted to stake claim to rule the country and put India’s security and integrity at risk.
Earlier, while addressing the MSME Startup Expo, Dr Jitendra Singh lauded the path-breaking initiatives by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including GST and demonetization, which have placed India high on the global parameters of the new economic order.
Lauding the role of MSMEs in “New India”, Dr Jitendra Singh said, these will serve as channels of not only economic upliftment, but also new avenues of livelihood and entrepreneurship for the increasing youth population of India.