Kathua Case: Jitendra backs Lal Singh on CBI demand, fight for Dogra pride

Jammu, Jun 1: Union Minister in the PMO Dr Jitendra Singh on Friday backed the BJP MLA and former minister Choudhary Lal Singh on his demand for CBI probe in Kathua rape and murder case besides his fight to restore pride of Dogra community.
“I am the first to demand CBI probe into Kathua rape and murder case,” Dr Singh here told reporters at a press conference.
“The challan has been produced in the court and trial just begun, so our priority is to ensure that innocents should not be punished,” said the Union Minister.
“Party owns the rallies of Singh, conducted so far in support of transferring Kathua case to CBI and no question arises of disowning him,” he said and added that not only Singh, but all the rallies or work done by BJP workers, and Lal Singh is also part of the party, are owned by us.
“Even if a single accused admits that he is innocent, he should be provided chance to prove his innocence,” he said adding that the government is trying to felicitate this in its own way.
“If the accused persons themselves demanding narco test, there is no reason to deny it,” he said.
He however, said that Lal Singh is a tall leader of BJP, adding, “It’s BJP, which has started the fight of regional ‘Swabhimaan’ (pride) for Dogras.”
He added that ‘Jan Sangh’, ‘Praja Parishad’ and then BJP came into existence only to bring back pride of Dogras.
Pt Prem Nath Dogra sacrificed his life for the pride of Dogras and Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee also laid down his life for this, he added.
Singh also slammed the previous UPA dispensation over corruption charges and praised the current BJP-led government, saying no such allegation has been levelled against ministers in the past four years.
“(For) four years this government is in place, but not a single minister of Modi government has been accused of any scam or having any corruption charges against them,” the minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office said.
He said even the scams unfolding today belong to the previous UPA dispensation.
Singh was replying to questions from reporters in Jammu about the alleged Rs 5,000 crore bank scam in which the name of Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s son-in-law has figured in an investigation by the Enforcement Directorate.
Asked whether Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should take a call on the alleged scam after the name of the kin of a Congress leader has figured, Singh said: “Each one of us are in public life and owe an explanation to the people of the country. Their silence itself is an indication of not being able to explain”.
Singh credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for developing a “new kind of political culture” in governance by introducing transparency and accountability.
He said that this was not an ordinary achievement after being in power for four years.
Not a single minister of the Modi government has been accused of corruption but the scams still unfolding today are from days of the UPA government, he said.
He said institutions and mechanisms are in place to deal with the scams and law will take its own course.
Singh also said that the Government was committed to ensure transformation of India through economic upliftment and social reform.
While speaking at the press conference on four years of Union Government here, Dr Singh said that government was committed to ensure all round and inclusive development of the country.
Dr Singh said that a renewed trust has developed between the people and the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He further said that this credibility was the foundation of certain tough measures like demonetization taken by the Government.
Dr Singh emphasized that the overall development of the country was possible only through equitable development of all regions.
He also said that the Central Government was making efforts for equitable development of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Regions.
He said that various schemes and initiatives started by the government were not only aimed at economic reforms but also at social and behavioral reforms.
While giving the details of the implementation status of various schemes in Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Singh said that 20 Lakh accounts had been opened in J&K.
He also informed that 7 out of 22 districts in J&K had been declared Open Defecation free.
While appreciating the positive response of people for various initiatives of the government he said that nearly 4 lakh women have benefitted from Ujwalla scheme in the state.
He said that the Government was keen to protect the interests of all sections of society by providing insurance to farmers, senior citizens, etc., at a low cost.
Dr. Singh also emphasized that there was a need to create favorable environment for entrepreneurship as well as investment in the country.
“Various initiatives were being taken to improve the ease of doing business and simplification of procedures. Initiatives like rationalization of tax through GST and Start up India would be yielding benefits in the coming years,” said Dr Singh and Singh reiterated the commitment of the government in fighting corruption and providing clean governance to people.