Udhampur, Kathua, Doda development journey to continue despite Oppn propaganda: Dr Jitendra

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh leading a massive roadshow at Kathua on Wednesday.
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh leading a massive roadshow at Kathua on Wednesday.

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KATHUA, Apr 17: Hitting out hard at opposition parties including Congress for making false propaganda against the Modi Government, Union Minister and BJP candidate for Udhampur-Doda-Kathua Lok Sabha constituency, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that development agenda of his constituency will continue to make it one of the developed regions of the Northern India.
Dr Jitendra Singh said the Udhampur-Kathua-Doda Lok Sabha constituency is on a fast track development journey and this development journey will continue despite opposition propaganda.

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Making a scathing attack on Congress and its allied opposition parties on the sidelines of a grand massive roadshow here today on the last day of the campaigning for first phase of the Parliamentary election, Dr Jitendra Singh said Congress party had deprived this entire region of any development for the last over 60 years and in fact deliberately also halted the ongoing project only to appease their masters and to keep particular sections of vote bank in good humour by doing discrimination with this region.
The irony is, he said, the Congress leaders who say that there is no development happening in this region are the ones who are using these facilities created by us in the last 10 years, whether it is the network of roads, or bridges or flyovers or tunnels or the Medical Colleges, etc.
Dr Jitendra Singh said in the last 10 years under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Udhampur-Doda-Kathua Lok Sabha constituency is among the most developed constituencies in the country. He said, it is perhaps the only constituency in the country which got three Centrally funded Medical Colleges and a host of national projects including the highest railway bridge of world, longest road tunnel of Asia at Chenani, North India’s first Industrial Biotech Park at Kathua, North India’s first river Rejuvenation Project at River Devika, North India’s first Cable Bridge Atal Setu in Basohli, two Passport offices, Radio Station at Udhampur, etc.

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Not only this, as Prime Minister Modi mentioned during his address at the Udhampur rally on 12th of this month, the Congress led UPA Government halted the Shahpur-Kandi Project, which would benefit the twin districts of Kathua and Samba and the project was revived only after Prime Minister Modi came to power.
Taking a dig at the opposition leaders, Dr Jitendra Singh said, on the one hand, the Congress leaders and its allies say that there are no roads constructed, forgetting 9½ Kms Syama Prasad Mookerjee Tunnel from Chenani to Nashri has cut the travel time of commuters by 1½ hours. If these leaders have any conscience, they should acknowledge the development and facilities provided by, Narendra Modi, to the people.
Similarly, he said, even during the election campaign, these leaders travelled up to Zero Line on the International Border on the roads constructed in the last ten years. Had these roads not been constructed by our Government even the opposition parties going for campaigning in this belt would have to walk on foot as was being done before 2014,” he said and added that in the last 10 years, while three Medical Colleges came up in the constituency there were at least 20 Degree Colleges and nearly a dozen Kendriya Vidyalayas opened in this constituency.
He said, those opposition leaders and critics who say that this has not happened and there are no such institutions should seek a feedback from the common masses whose children are studying in these institutions.
The double speak of opposition leaders has become so evident, said Dr Jitendra Singh that even family members of these Congress leaders now have decided to vote for Modi because the benefits of toilets and Gas Cylinders have reached even their households and changed the destiny of their women folk.
Similarly, he said, the children of the Congress leaders are using all the benefits of the StartUp and Digital India initiatives introduced by the Prime Minister and therefore, they will also cast their secret vote for Modi.
Appealing to voters to cast their vote in 100%, Dr Jitendra Singh said, “We have no opponent and our competition is with ourselves. We have to prove before ourselves that we have put up a better performance than in 2019 when we registered a record margin in J&K by more than three Lakh 58 thousand votes”. He said, it is a foregone conclusion that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will be sworn in as Prime Minister for the third term in June 2024 with 400 plus mandate, but we have to prove to ourselves and to others that this Udhampur-Kathua-Doda constituency also make a substantial contribution in making up the figure of 400 plus.