REASI, Mar 30: Union Minister and BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Udhampur-Kathua-Doda Parliamentary constituency Dr Jitendra Singh said today that the Congress Party is struggling for survival on National Conference (NC), PDP crutches, which has resulted in a hilarious scenario of one drowning person clinging on to another drowning person, resulting in imminent extinction of all of them.
He said, the Congress Party which had hitherto survived on the family-charisma, is already on its way out and taking support of NC and PDP who have no credibility in this constituency.
Addressing a series of Panchayat-level meetings in Reasi Assembly segment, Dr Jitendra Singh, while making a dig at the Congress leaders who say they are unable to see any development work over the last five years, said that standing at the feet of Mata Vaishno Devi, he can only pray that these worthies be blessed with the visual ability to see the landmarks of development, which are being universally appreciated by one and all.
On the other hand, Dr Jitendra Singh accused the earlier Congress-NC Governments for having sabotaged several of the important national-level projects. In the context of Reasi, he cited the example of the work on railway line to Kashmir which had been stopped by the earlier Governments, but after 2014, the issue was taken up with the Modi Government, the work was resumed and now the world’s highest railway bridge on this track is coming up at Reasi. The same was the fate of Shahpur-Kandi project in Kathua which had been dumped in cold storage for 40 years.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, for the first time, Modi Government rolled out a series of pro-poor schemes and their benefits were available to every needy household, regardless of whether it was Hindu or Muslim, Brahmin or Scheduled Caste. He engaged in an interactive conversation with a huge number of women folk in the audience and asked them to reply in yes or no as to whether while delivering the free gas cylinder under Ujjwala Yojana to them, was there any inquiry made about their religion or for which Party they had voted in the last election. In response, most of the women folk enthusiastically responded in agreement with what he said.
Enumerating the number of development works in Reasi district in the last five years, Dr Jitendra Singh referred to excellent network of roads while before 2014 even the main road from Katra to Reasi was in shambles, three Degree collages, two Kendirya Vidyalayas, Rs.45 crore funding for Hostel complex in SMVD University, Rs.1.2 crore toilet complex at the Holy Shrine of Shiv Khori, latest weather forecast equipment at Sanjhi Chhat, 100% rural electrification in the district, war memorial in Reasi city, funding of Dental Section in District Hospital Reasi, etc. He said other many more works are waiting to be accomplished in the next five year term.
During these meetings Dr Jitendra Singh was accompanied by former Minister Ajay Nanda, former MLA Baldev Raj Sharma, BJP District President Kuldeep Dubey, Chairman Reasi Municipal Committee Suresh Puri, Chairman Katra Municipal Committee Shashi Puri, Vice Chairman Katra Municipal Committee Ajay Baru, prominent BJP leaders including Sham Kumar, Shamsher Singh, Chaman Lal, Joginder Singh, Dheeraj Gupta, various Mandal Presidents, newly elected Surpanches and Panches and large number of local activists.