JAMMU, June 20: Claiming that Bhartiya Janta Party was natural choice of Jammuites, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today suggested the party leaders to take resentment of Jammu people as a `sympathetic criticism’ for further improvement.
“If there is a resentment among Jammu people, let we take it as a compassionate and sympathetic criticism by the people who are concerned about well being of the party, which has had been their natural choice since decades,” he said while addressing a gathering of State BJP leaders and the workers at the party headquarters, here today, in connection with release of a table book on his achievements as Member Parliament from Kathua-Udhampur-Doda constituency during the last four years.
While elaborating, Dr Jitendra Singh explained that the Jammu people take BJP as their own party since Jan Sangh days and this was the only reason that they feel more annoyed in case BJP failed to perform in accordance to their expectations.
“Because of the natural choice of Jammu people, BJP is also natural space for the other parties, which are always found looking for opportunity to target it for every ill in attempt to grab some room for them,” he further said.
Taking on Congress and other non-BJP Jammu based political parties for their much hue and cry on alleged insult to Jammu’s pride, Dr Jitendra Singh sought to know where were these leaders and their organizations during earlier mass movements like that of 1953 by then Praja Parishad when even talking about dignity of Jammu was considered as an offence.
While listing the developmental works initiated by him in his Parliamentary constituency, Dr Jitendra Singh called upon the party workers to go offensive and negate wrong propaganda by the opposition parties. “If we don’t project our achievements and developmental works for welfare of masses, the opposition parties get an opportunity to defame us by creating a false narrative,” he explained.
Informing that on his initiative, people of Gandoh in Doda district recently got a Post Office in the area for the first time since independence, Dr Jitendra Singh alleged that a deliberate attempt was made by earlier representative (Ghulam Nabi Azad) to keep people backward and deprived of basic facilities so that they could not think beyond daily chores. “The man who remained in power at Centre for more than 20 years and is still holding a Union Cabinet Minister’s rank in the capacity of Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, intentionally kept people of his own area backward for political reasons,” he said.
The Union Minister said that he had tried his best to understand and solve the issues of various regions of the State, including Kathua-Udhampur-Doda. He enumerated various important projects like foundation of 1000Mega Watt Pakal Dul Power Project, Tarakot Marg at Mata Vaishno Devi, Rope Way at Mata Vaishno Devi, Passport office at Kathua, cleaning of river Devika, seed processing plant in Kathua, Shahpur Kandi, Ujh project, highest rail bridge, Paddar Degree College, Keediyan Gadhiyal bridge, Chenani-Nashri tunnel, Atal Setu, Chhatergala tunnel, Katra Express road, first ever bio-tech park, radio station, passport Sewa Kendra, sports stadium, weather forecast equipment, etc, initiated in his constituency.
He alleged that because of laxity on part of the State Government, Government Medical college at Kathua could not start from the current session while work on Devika rejuvenation project also got delayed as the DPR was not prepared timely.
Earlier, State BJP president Ravinder Raina, while complimenting Dr Jitendra Singh for his extraordinary and self-less working in the Parliament House, termed him as the Ambassador of the State of Jammu & Kashmir in the sacred house of biggest democracy of the world. He said that the four years of working has been explained very well through the table book released on the occasion. He also said that “Cultural Nationalism” along with development has been worked upon by the work on Devika project, which is revered as mother “Ganga”.
State General Secretary (Organization) Ashok Kaul, who also shared the dais, said that the development works will be carried in future with the same pace with the experience and dedication of Dr Jitendra. He said that Dr. Jitendra’s work has been excellent not just in J&K but also in the North-Eastern areas of the Nation. He called upon all the BJP leaders and activists to take the landmark works to the common masses.
On the occasion, table book titled “4 Varsh Sansadiya Karyakaal”- a report card of Dr Jitendra Singh’s four years of working in his Parliamentary constituency, was released.
Sanjeev Sharma, PRO to Dr Jitendra Singh, read the contents of the book thoroughly, while going through the power point presentation. State general secretary, Pawan Khajuria conducted proceedings of the programme, which was attended by a number of senior BJP leaders from the State.