Khanna makes scathing attack on Mehbooba, terms her statement irresponsible

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 14: Making a scathing attack on former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti for her irresponsible statement, the BJP national vice president and Prabhari J&K, Avinash Rai Khanna today accused her for her failure to work for the restoration of peace in the Valley after declaration of ceasefire by Union Government during the holy month of Ramzan.
Khanna, who reached here this morning was talking to reporters here on the side lines of the party meeting.
He said Central Government led by Narendra Modi extended full cooperation to the Mehbooba led coalition Government in the State for the restoration of peace and development but she failed to show results on ground. Terming it an immature and irresponsible statement on part of a former Chief Minister, Khanna said when she was heading the Government she failed to pay attention towards the development.
He said BJP had entered into alliance with PDP for development of the State and restoration of peace in the Valley. “The PM was so keen for the development of the State and welfare of its people that during the last four years he visited 12 times to this State and no other State of the country was as frequently visited by him during these four years’’, he added.
He said it was on Mehbooba ‘s demand that Centre agreed ceasefire on holy month of Ramzan and “we expected that she will go to people during this holy month and appeal them for peace which she did not’’, he added.
On the allegations of horse trading leveled by PDP leader, Khanna said BJP does not believe in that. “Our party believes in democracy and we did not indulge in horse trading any where in India including Karnatka.
He said we gave full cooperation and released a huge package for development of the State and whatever demand was made by PDP led Government during last four years we fulfilled that but Mehbooba failed to take advantage of the same.
“Instead of making allegations she should have taken the advantage and worked for good governance’’, he added.
Khanna said Centre from time to time cautioned Mehbooba that she should concentrate on development and peace which she did not with the result many development schemes and projects are still pending.
On installation of a Hindu Chief Minister in the State, Khanna said that in a democratic setup legislators decide who will be their leader and not the party.
On ordering of CBI probe into Rassana murder case, Khanna said that issue is sub-judice and he does not want to comment on that. However he said that no body should be subjected to injustice.
He said BJP wanted that J&K which suffered a lot due to turmoil of over two decades should be developed at par with other states of the country and total peace should prevail here. “It was with this intension that we gave financial package to both PoJK refugees as well as West Pak refugees who were neglected for last 65 years’’, he added.
Meanwhile party sources said Khanna who is on two days tour of Jammu will also make some changes in organizational set up by appointing some new office bearers to rejuvenate the party in the State.
He took various party meetings here, today and will also convene more meetings of different wings of the party tomorrow.
Later Khanna along with State president BJP Ravinder Raina and State general secretary (Org.) Ashok Kaul addressed meetings of State Morcha presidents and general secretaries as well as Shakti Kendra Pramukhs, district office bearers, district Morcha presidents, Mandal presidents and Shakti Kendra Pramukhs from Jammu East and Gandhi Nagar constituencies at party Headquarter, Trikuta Nagar, here.
BJP State vice-presidents Yudhvir Sethi, Rajni Sethi, State general secretaries, Pawan Khajuria, Harinder Gupta, former Minister Priya Sethi, MLA Rajesh Gupta, district president Baldev Singh Billawaria were also present in the meeting.
While addressing the meeting, Khanna stated that BJP is going to win 2019 elections with a huge margin and termed “Maha Gathabandhan” as “Maha Thagbandhan” and the public is aware of their misdeeds. He also stated that there is always scope for the expansion of the wok that has been allotted by the party so that the common masses can be benefited. He asked them to make list of at least 100 activists in a single booth.
Ravinder Raina in his address said that today the benefits of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi led Central government schemes have reached far off villages and the people residing there thank PM Modi for the public welfare schemes and policies. He said that “we must also be aware of the strengths and capabilities of our ground level activists so that they can contribute maximum to the organization’’
Ashok Kaul in his address focused on the organizational matters and prompted the activists to work extensively on each booth. He explained 22 points to the leaders and the activists to be worked upon at booth level to strengthen the base of party in every area.
Later chairing another meeting, in which BJP State president Ravinder Raina, MP Lok Sabha, Jugal Kishore Sharma, MP Rajya Sabha, Shamsher Singh Manhas, State vice-president Yudhvir Sethi, State general secretary (Org.) Ashok Kaul, State general secretary Pawan Khajuria, MLA Shakti Raj Parihar and MLC Vibhodh Gupta participated, Khanna announced Committee for Panchayat and Municipality elections in the State.The members of the Committee included Jugal Kishore Sharma, Shamsher Singh Manhas, MP from Leh Thupstan Chewang, Yudhvir Sethi, Pawan Khajuria, Shakti Raj Parihar, Vibhodh Gupta and Raghunandan Singh.