Gupkaris built palatial estates, Modi worked for people’s welfare: Thakur

Union Minister Anurag Thakur addressing an election meeting in a border area in Rajouri on Tuesday.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur addressing an election meeting in a border area in Rajouri on Tuesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Dec 8: Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir DDC elections today lambasted the Gupkar Alliance saying its leaders built big palatial estates, encroached Government land while the Modi Government focused on building bunkers for jawans and people on the International Border and Line of Control (LoC).”
Addressing the election meetings in border belt of Rajouri today, Thakur said, “Modi Government has strengthened national security and modernised the armed forces. Today India has Rafales and our jawans have bullet proof vests and bunkers to face enemy fire. India looks the enemy eye to eye and does not hesitate in counter terror operations to protect Indian lives,. We have a smooth inter-services coordination with the setting up of Chief of Defence Staff. We have stronger firepower, air defence and surveillance systems in place,” he added.
Thakur further said, “The villages bordering Pakistan were prone to infiltration and shelling from across the border. They are better protected, the bunkers help the jawans keep an eye on the enemy in safety and alert their command in time to prevent any civilian casualties. Bunkers have been provided in crucial areas such as – Samba, Poonch, Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri. The border roads and fencing has also been undertaken by Modi Government at a rapid scale which has provided better connectivity and increased security cover for Jammu & Kashmir,” he added.
He said, “Gupkar Gang allowed the civilians to bleed and jawans to face enemy fire while protecting their self interests. Why did they speak up for terrorists but never for our soldiers and their families? Why did they ask for human rights for separatists but not the rights of the widows of our Jawans? Why did the Gupkaris live a lavish life while the people of J&K lagged behind in every sector,” he asked?
Thakur added, “Modi Government has set its target to transform the lives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, to expand public services, to build infrastructure, provide educational and health facilities, bring investment and create employment. Gupkar leaders have only broken promises to offer from bygone era.”