Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah on Thursday said that the party was not only aiming to achieve its 'Mission 44+' in Jammu and Kashmir but also committed to the state's 'integration' with India.
Shah stated this while addressing an election rally at Ramban, 160 km from Jammu.
Shah's remark about 'integration' of the state with India, which comes in the backdrop of the ambivalence over BJP's stance on Article 370 in the state, is being seen as an indication that the party would stick to its stand on the issue. Before coming up with its manifesto, the BJP is reportedly going through an exhaustive debate on the Article 370, besides keeping in view the public opinion over the issue.
"Mission 44+ is not just a figure desired by the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir, but is a signal towards attainment of complete majority here under the dynamism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as has been achieved at the national level," said the BJP president.
Shah kept his speech focussed on the alleged corruption, embezzlements and scams committed by the National Conference-Congress coalition in the state.
"I assure once the BJP comes to power in Jammu and Kashmir, it will undo all irregularities committed by the earlier dynastic regimes in the state," he said.
The BJP chief said that during the past 60 years of governance in Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress-led coalitions have dragged the state to backwardness and acute poverty.
He appealed to the people not to "fall prey to the machinations of the rival parties and support BJP to get rid of the dynastic rulers" in Jammu and Kashmir.
Accusing the Congress of always playing second fiddle to either National Conference (NC) or People's Democratic Party (PDP) for remaining in power in Jammu and Kashmir, Shah alleged that funds worth crores of rupees granted by the Centre were either swindled by the coalition governments or were used by the dynastic rulers to fill their coffers only.
He also slammed the previous UPA government at the Centre for the scams related to 2G spectrum, helicopters' purchase, coal mines, submarine deal and flats given to the widows of martyrs.
Shah also took a dig on chief minister Omar Abdullah and his father Farooq Abdullah for having "deserted their home constituencies while leaving people aghast".
He also mocked at senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad as well as state Congress chief Saifuddin Soz for not contesting the polls themselves even as they were "carrying out mischievous propaganda against the BJP while harping on a divisive communal agenda".
Shah also dared UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to disclose the development works carried out by the Congress in the country during the past 60 years.
He said the BJP government at the Centre had brought remarkable changes during its five-month rule, benefiting 1.25 crore people of India. This included the country's befitting reply to Pakistan's mischiefs, he added.
BJP candidate from Ramban Neelam Kumar Langeh and senior party leader Farooq Khan shared the dias with Shah.