Srinagar: Accusing National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), two major regional mainstream parties of looting Jammu and Kashmir’s resources, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Tarun Chug Saturday said that time was over for the dynasty rule in the erstwhile state.
Addressing a press conference at a hotel here on Saturday, Chug said that it was for the first time that District Development Council (DDC) polls are being held in J&K and he was glad to see that people are coming out in large numbers to vote for the candidates who come from villages and ground zero.
“This is an indication that time for dynasty politics is over now in J&K. Dynasty leaders, who till yesterday, fought against each other and were arch rivals, are today against BJP,” he said as per news agency KNO.
“This is because they are feeling unnerved by BJP’s growing popularity. BJP is growing in J&K like a storm and reach every village and district,” he added.
Chug, who replaced Ram Madhav recently and took over as BJP’s national general secretary was flanked by former BJP minister Shahnawaz Hussain, and BJP’s national spokesman and Rajya Sabha MP Syed Zafar Islam.
He said if one compares the 1960’s picture of Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad with Srinagar and Jammu, the difference is huge and quite obvious. He went on to say that Mumbai has emerged as a dream city for everyone while Bangalore is a technology hub today and Hyderabad a place, where dreams come true.
“Delhi is a metropolitan city where life moves at a great speed. The question remains why Srinagar and Jammu remained away from the development,” Chug said, adding that “Srinagar and Jammu will be taken to new heights. Now that democracy is flourishing in J&K, Srinagar and Jammu should be compared with Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad in 2030 now. Difference will be visible.”
He alleged that the corruption and nepotism promoted by the dynasty leaders, choked development in J&K.
“Late Mufti Muhammad Sayed spoke against corruption when he took over, but he never acted against NC’s big fish,” Chug said.
The BJP national general secretary appealed to NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti to stop talking about China’s intrusion in Leh and Pakistan’s involvement in promoting militancy and separatism.
“They should now talk about how Kashmir which is under the illegal control of Pakistan can be retrieved,” he said.
He also lashed out at Dr Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti asking them to stop talking about China, Pakistan and instead campaign for retrieval of Kashmir under Pakistan.
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