BILLAWAR, Mar 26: Accusing Congress party of seeking support from “anti-national forces” for petty electoral interests, Union Minister and BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Udhampur-Kathua-Doda Parliamentary constituency, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that the “Pakistan Zindabad” coterie has ganged up against BJP.
Continuing his Panchayat-level election campaign on third-consecutive day today, Dr Jitendra Singh, while addressing a series of local public meetings in Billawar Assembly segment, said that Congress has become so desperate that it is now fully depending on the support from National Conference (NC) leaders who are known to raise the slogans of “Pakistan Zindabad” even while holding Constitutional positions and PDP which speaks of “self-rule”. He said, it is now for the Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the Congress leadership to explain whether they subscribe to the stand taken by NC and PDP which have questioned the legitimacy of the Indian Constitution.
The coming together of Congress and the Kashmir-centric political parties, National Conference and PDP, Dr Jitendra Singh said, has converted the present election into a conflict between those who have sacrificed three generations of ‘Karyakartas’ under Bharatiya Jansangh and BJP to uphold the nationhood of India and on the other side those who subscribe to the “Bharat Tere Tukde Tukde” theory.
Exuding confidence that BJP is going to win the Udhampur-Kathua-Doda seat with a record majority, Dr Jitendra Singh appealed for 100% voting and warned against any vote going to any fringe candidate because that will indirectly help the divisive “Gathbandhan” of Congress, NC and PDP.
Dr Jitendra Singh enumerated several first-ever mega projects which have come up in the constituency in last five years, including Keediyan-Gadhiyal bridge, Engineering College, two Medical Colleges, Seed Processing Plant, Industrial Bio-Tech Park, two Highway Villages, Katra-Delhi Expressway road corridor for which survey has already begun, Radio Station and Devika Project in Udhampur, National Institute of High Altitude Medicine at Bhaderwah, two Degree Colleges in Kathua district, Pakkal-Dul Project at Kishtwar, Atal Setu in Basohli, Juthana Bridge, Phinter Bridge, three landmark road tunnels namely Chhattergalla tunnel, Khellani-Sudh Mahadev tunnel and Kaljugar tunnel, 12 BRO bridges including the Devika Bridge and Beini Bridge, Shahpur-Kandi project which had been in cold storage for 40 years, etc. In addition, he said, the injustice of the past was also undone by granting 3% reservation to people living on the International Border (IB) on the same lines as was already available to residents living along the Line of Control (LoC). Bunkers, Seema Bhawans and toilets in the border villages and four times increase in the honorarium of SPOs was also mentioned by him.
During the whirlwind tour of different Panchayats, at each stop-over, dozens of local people including Sarpanchs and Panchs formally joined the BJP in the presence of Dr Jitendra Singh. Those accompanying on these tours included senior Party leaders from district Kathua and block Billawar.