Separatists trying to subvert democracy: Dr Jitendra

Avtar Bhat

Excelsior Rakesh

JAMMU, Apr 8: Making a scathing attack on separatists and anti national elements for trying to sabotage Parliamentary by-elections in Kashmir valley, Union Minister of State in PMO with Independent charge of North Eastern States, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that attack on polling booth as well as security forces in Budgam area of Kashmir is the handiwork of those forces who don’t want that elections should be held and democracy strengthened in the State like other parts of the country.
Talking to reporters here at the sidelines of a party seminar organized in connection with its Foundation Day and Deendayal Upadhaya Centenary celebrations today, Dr Jitendra Singh said that people in Kashmir especially the youth want to become the part of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development agenda so that the democracy can flourish and be also strengthened in this part of the nation hence they don’t attach much importance to separatists and anti national forces.
Denying that BJP was trying polarization of a particular community in the country, he said that his party does not believe in polarization of people on the name of religion, region, caste, creed and colour and the result in recent Assembly elections was the polarization of the people irrespective of their religion, language and caste on the name of developmental agenda of Prime Minister. He also outrightly rejected that the alleged attack on Church in Gorkhpur was the result of the Hindu polarization and said that there is a very competent Government headed by Yogi Adityanath and he is cable enough to deal with the any kind of situation.
On the settlement of Rohingyas and Bangladeshi people in Jammu, Dr Jitendra Singh said it is really a cause of concern and the previous UPA regime which was ruling at Centre and in the State is answerable for this that how these people came here and managed their identity cards, ration cards and Aadhar cards. Even some had got the State Subjects which were later proved fake, he added.
Terming these foreigners a grave security risk, the Union Minister said that both BJP as well as the Union Government is fully aware of it and Home Ministry has taken serious cognizance of the matter and issue has been taken up with State Government also.
Dr Jitendra Singh, however, in response to a question that what is the time frame by which these foreigners will be deported, said that it is not wise enough to draw time line publicly that in how much time they will be deported.
In response to another question that there are various hassles in this way, he said that Home Ministry is aware of all these hassles and it has taken the cognizance of the same also.
On the opposition to singing of Vandematram by certain forces, he said Vandematram is linked to patriotism Sanaskar and every patriotic Indian should proudly sing it.
On the reported Cabinet reshuffle and change of portfolios of Ministers in the State, Dr Jitendra Singh said that he has no knowledge about it and it is the prerogative of Chief Minister and Prime Minister to change portfolios or reshuffle his or her Cabinet.
Later addressing the seminar at BJP Headquarters, Trikuta Nagar, Dr Jitendra Singh said that there should be no compromise on bottom line like singing of Vandematram and also there should be no premium on anti India activism in the form of intellectual debate or public protests.
The Union Minister made it clear that there should be no two thoughts that “we are Indians first and by forging an alliance with PDP does not mean that Party has compromised its ideology.”
He said the Agenda of Alliance between two coalition partners is for development and BJP fought elections on the same plank and the elections for Delhi Municipality are also going to be fought on the plank of development.
While asking partymen to work hard, Dr Jitendra Singh said that State has to take benefit of the developmental projects launched by Narendra Modi Government at Centre. He regretted that terrorism has given a lot of setback to the J&K State and “had not the State faced unrest for 27 long years, Srinagar would have been another Hyderabad, Jammu or Jallandhar today.”
Maintaining that India is young nation whose 70 percent population is below 40 years the Union Minister said hence our all policies and programmes should be focused to youth.
He said our decisions should be based on conviction and not on the basis of electoral gains. The people of the country have faith and trust in us and they support us because they believe that this is an honest Government. This is the reason that they supported BJP in elections also”.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that entire youth of country supports BJP so it is our duty to channelize their energy in a proper way and youth should be totally the focus of policy programme in 2017.
Without naming National Conference (NC) or former Chief Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah the Union Minister said that some politicians for their vested interests did not allow to decrease the term of State Assembly from six years to five years as is the provision all over India and later the same party did not allow the implementation of Parliament’s 73rd and 74th Constitutional amendments in the State.
Dr Singh while turning tables on BJP’s opponents who criticize it for joining hands with PDP said instead of criticizing us “why did not they join hands to form the Government in the State when it was under Governor’s rule for three months last year”?.
While justifying the BJP’s alliance with PDP, the Union Minister said when two major parties join hands it is a right alliance. Rejecting that the PDP-BJP alliance was a marriage of convenience, he said it is the typical Indian marriage in which the husband and wife despite having differences carry on life long.
In his presidential address, BJP State chief, Sat Sharma highlighted the achievements of Narendra Modi Government at Centre. He said nine day long countrywide programmes will be held in connection with Foundation Day and celebration of Baba Ambedkar Jayanti. He while highlighting the role of Jana Sangh and BJP also highlighted the struggle of Praja Parishad movement in J&K and said the sacrifices made by people under this movement can’t be forgotten.
Sat Sharma also highlighted the various Yojnas and public welfare programmes launched by Narendra Modi and said majority of the people of the country are linked to these schemes and have become direct beneficiaries of the same.
Minister of Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat, MoS with independent charge of Transport Sunil Sharma and former BJP president and MLC Ashok Khajuira were also on dais.
Earlier welcome address was made by Prof Virender Gupta, spokesperson BJP while stage was managed by Hari Dutt Shishu.