GULABGARH/ARNAS, Apr 8: Union Minister and BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Udhampur-Kathua-Doda Parliamentary constituency Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that while Congress party has always exploited the minority communities, Bharatiya Janata Party has followed the principle of justice to all and fulfilled the needs of each and every citizen, depending on his or her requirement, regardless of religion, caste.
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Addressing a series of public meetings in the far-flung remote areas of Gulabgarh and Arnas Assembly segments today, Dr Jitendra Singh said, over the last 50 years, the Congress and its allies have sought vote of the minorities through a strategy of polarization, but the remote and far-flung areas continued to remain neglected and even though the Congress leaders elected from here occupied senior positions in Union and State Cabinets, never turned back to visit their people.
It is BJP, Dr Jitendra Singh said, which in the last five years of the Modi Government, provided a path-breaking infrastructural development schemes, even in such pockets where it had not received much of the vote-share in the 2014 Parliamentary election. To testify his point, he said, it is the Modi Government which, in the last five years, provided electricity to the un-electrified remote villages under the rural electrification scheme of “Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana” and constructed roads to hitherto unconnected villages under the Central PMGSY Scheme.
While the elected representatives of Congress were invariably accused of neglecting the areas where they did not receive sufficient vote-share for the Party, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it goes to the credit of the Modi Government that it provided basic amenities and benefits of development even to such areas which had voted for Congress, but had yet been neglected by the Congress Party.
Appealing for vote in the name of development, Dr Jitendra Singh cautioned against mechanization of the Congress Party to mislead voters by spreading false perceptions about BJP and making it appear as if BJP was opposed to a certain community or caste. He said, similar propaganda against BJP was launched by the Congress Party during 2014 Parliamentary election also, but now the people have tested us and value the integrity, transparency and honesty with which the Modi Government has tried to reach out to the last man in the last queue without considerations of religion, caste or vote-bank.
Dr Jitendra Singh cited several schemes launched by the Modi Government during the last five years, including the Ujjwala scheme providing free gas cylinders to the needy, Aawas Yojana providing concrete houses instead of mud (Kachha) dwellings, Kisan Nidhi Yojanaa providing Rs.6,000 per year to the needy farmer, etc., and said, the benefits of these schemes have reached to each and every community. When he asked the beneficiaries of these schemes to raise these hands, people in the gathering from different communities raised their hands in affirmation.
Amidst repeated sounds of applause, several senior members of the Muslim community rose up to endorse Dr Jitendra Singh’s observations and said that they had been be-fooled over the years by the Congress and its allies and therefore, in this Parliamentary election, they have made up their mind to vote for the BJP Government and Narendra Modi as Prime Minister.
Senior BJP leaders including MLC Vikram Randhawa, District President Reasi Kuldeep Dubey, Sardar Pradeep Singh, Kabla Singh, Chaudhary Akram, Talib Hussain, Sukhdev Singh and others also addressed these meetings.