Congress, NC dividing people on communal lines: Dr Jitendra -
Congress, NC dividing people on communal lines: Dr Jitendra
Posted 08 Oct 2018 04:51 PM

DODA: Lashing out at Opposition parties during the Local Bodies election campaign here on Sunday, Union Minister and Lok Sabha MP from Udhampur-Kathua-Doda, Dr Jitendra Singh accused Congress and its ally National Conference (NC) of dividing people on communal lines and said that for decades together, these parties have sought votes by dividing the innocent masses on the basis of community and caste.
Congress always accused BJP of being communal, while it itself played the communal card under the garb of so-called secularism, he said.
In the past six decades, Dr Jitendra Singh said, every election in the Doda region was fought by Congress and other parties on the basis of religion and caste, as a result of which, the entire region was subjected to intermittent phases of communal tension and strife, which were meant to sustain the political dominance of these parties. It is the BJP, he said, which has in the last four to five years, changed the entire trend and sought to give a new political culture based on all-inclusive development and all-inclusive electioneering, enabling the people to rise above the communal divide, without slightest consideration for caste, creed or religion.
To authenticate his point, Dr Jitendra Singh said, during the last four and a half years, there has not been a single incident of communal riot or communal violence in erstwhile Doda, whereas during the earlier governments, it had become a normal feature and, even as late as in 2013, the city of Kishtwar witnessed one of the worst communal riots in the recent history.
Calling upon the candidates contesting the Municipal Committee elections from Doda and Bhadarwah to go from door to door, Dr Jitendra Singh said, they must tell the people to raise the question as to why Doda was lacking in development for so many decades, even though it had been consistently represented by powerful leaders as Ministers in the State and the Union Cabinets. To cite one example, he said, even in 1960s, the Health Minister of the State hailed from erstwhile Doda and later Doda was also represented by Health Ministers in the Union Cabinet, but it was only the BJP-led Modi Government which set up a Medical College here. Similarly, he pointed out, the Ganpat Bridge here had been left incomplete for years together, was completed recently.
During the last four-and-a-half years, Dr Jitendra Singh said, a record number of road and bridge projects had been initiated and the journey time between Batote and Doda, and between Doda and Bhadarwah has been considerably reduced. The Kalguzar Tunnel in Bhadarwah Assembly Constituency will directly link the area with Himachal Pradesh, thus opening new alternative avenues of transport and job generation. The Chattergalla Tunnel presently under survey by BEACONS, will connect Bani directly with Bhadarwah – Doda and besides opening alternative all-weather short distance connectivity, it will also provide jobs to about 10,000 youth. The upcoming Pakkal-Dul Power Project at Kishtwar is going to be the State’s biggest Power Project which will make this region power surplus. The longstanding demand for a Degree College at Paddar was also fulfilled last year, while the upgradation of Air-strip at Kishtwar is also being taken up. In addition, he said, there have been attempts to provide connectivity to remote areas, for example, the road to Siraj, the road to Lal Draman and upgradation of road to Kastigarh, Khelani to Marmat road is also under upgradation, he said, and a Medical Ambulance is being provided on the route from MP Fund. New Kendriya Vidayalayas have been sanctioned for Gandoh and Jodhpur. All these works could have been accomplished by the earlier governments, but they deliberately ignored this region and took the people for granted, he alleged.
It goes to the credit of BJP to have reinforced the importance of Municipal Committees and Panchayats by calling for local body elections after over a decade, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the elected representatives from local bodies will be able to address the day-to-day issues of the common masses and provide a vital link with the MLA and MP. In addition, they will also get the benefit of Central grant amounting to nearly Rs.10,000 crore which is meant exclusively for the local bodies and Panchayats, he said. Former Minister and MLA Doda Shakti Raj Parihar and MLA Bhaderwah Dilip Singh Parihar also spoke on the occasion.
Later, Dr Jitendra Singh also held a separate meeting with the BJP candidates contesting from the Ramban Municipal Committee and exhorted them to reach out to the people at grassroots level.

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