PDP’s failure forced BJP to pullout of J&K Govt: Shah

Special Correspondent
Jammu, Jun 23: BJP national president Amit Shah in his maiden visit to this winter capital of the state after the collapse of PDP-BJP Government lashed out at the former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti headed PDP government for failing in equitable development of Jammu and Ladakh regions besides restoring peace in the Kashmir valley, which forced BJP to pullout of the Government.
“PDP-govt failed in implementing mega projects despite liberal funding by the Modi led government in the Centre,” Mr Shah said while addressing a public gathering at a function organised to mark ‘Balidan Divas’ of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee here in the heart of the city.
He said, “in Jammu, the PDP leadership did not allot land for AIIMS. We have the right to seek answers from PDP on these,” he alleged.
Shah said he knew it pretty well that his observations would spark off a political debate in the state and the country.
Referring to the PDP-BJP government’s performance in the last three years, he made a veiled attack on the PDP-led regime, saying that “peace” cannot prevail.
“Maintaining peace and ensuring equitable development in all three regions of the state were part of agreements in the Common Minimum Programme. But, peace was not prevailed,” he said.
He also mentioned about stone pelting episodes saying that youths actively taking part in the stone-pelting at the security forces.
“Under PDP, discrimination for Jammu and Ladakh regions continued, despite the Narendra Modi government sending in huge funds. So we thought, we should come out of the government,” Shah said.
“We pulled out of Govt because Mehbooba Mufti led govt failed to ensure equitable governance and development of all three regions particularly in Jammu and Ladakh besides its failure to restore peace in Kashmir,” said the BJP stalwart.
He however, said that on one hand, the BJP is the only party, which rejoiced and celebrated fall of its own government in Jammu and Kashmir but simultaneously, “controversial” remarks by the Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad and Saif-ud-Din Soz, cleared its “Pro-Pakistan” ideology.
He lashed out at Azad and Soz and challenged Congress President Rahul Gandhi, to tender an apology for their pro-Pakistan statements.
“In fact, what Azad said, I cannot even repeat…..What kind of relationship is there between Congress leaders and Lashkar-e-Taiba. What kind of relationship is this that the opinion of Lashkar-e-Taiba is the same that of Congress leader like Ghulam Nabi Azad,” Shah said.
“This shows that ours is a party of desh bhakts (patriots)….for us, power does not matter much,” he added.
“BJP holds all the rights to ask them (PDP) as why Jammu and Ladakh were discriminated against in the implementation of developmental projects. They (PDP) will have to answer this,” said Shah adding, “what is the use of staying in a government, which does not allow development in Jammu or Ladakh regions?”
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi government has in the last three years, released a whopping Rs 80,000 crore fund for the state but they were not utilised by the PDP headed government at par in all the three regions.
The BJP leader said that BJP could not be party to a dispensation in the state, which could not protect slain Army jawan like Aurangzeb or a newspaper Editor Shujaat Bukhari.
Aurangzeb was abducted by the terrorists on the eve of Ed-ul-Fitr and was later found dead in Pulwama while Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead in a broad day light by gunmen when he was going to participate in Iftaar.
He also alleged that the Congress party had alliance government with National Conference and PDP in Jammu and Kashmir but they looted common people to fill their coffers.
Shah also said that Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and Pandit Prem Nath Dogra, always remained an inspiration for the BJP and said, “Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and no force can separate it.”
Shah however, made no mention on ‘Abrogation of Article 370’, which was much expected by the people of Jammu.