Union minister for health and family welfare and Congress party candidate for the Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha seat Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said that he was contesting the elections with a vision to serve the people of backward regions.
Addressing series of road shows in different parts of Udhampur and Kathua district Azad, who was accompanied by Raj Babbar, said that Udhampur-Doda parliamentary segment, which comprised of six mountainous districts, has been one of the biggest constituencies of the country.
“Being a native of this place, I am aware of the problems being faced by the inhabitants of this region so I have prepared a blue-print for the growth and betterment of this region”, he said and reminded the gathering, “As chief minister of the state, I have formulated a comprehensive plan to create infrastructure in this mountainous region and in a short span of just two and half years, and I have proved how to develop this region”.
“I have a vision and roadmap for this belt”, Azad said and sought over-whelming support of the people to implement developmental agenda in this belt.
He said that decision to open two medical colleges- one in Kathua and another in Doda, Cancer Hospital at Udhampur district, was first step towards bringing the backward belt on the map of development.
“Following long pending demands of new districts, my cabinet created eight districts. I had constituted Baloeria Commission to make a comprehensive report for further setting up of administrative units.
Finally, during NC-Congress coalition, a cabinet subcommittee was constituted and headed by deputy chief minister, which held extensive tour of each and every part of the state and made a detailed report thereby creating hundreds of new administrative units including sub divisions, tehsils, blocks and niabats,” highlighted Azad and added that “these new administrative units would definitely bring revolutionary changes in rural and hilly belts of the state.”
Cautioning people against divisive politics of BJP, Azad said that such dangerous politics for petty political gains has always proved disastrous for the people living in backward and neglected areas. “It is a historical fact that BJP had exploited sentiments of the people during the aftermath of Amarnath land agitation and had managed to win 11 Assembly segments by creating polarisation”, he reminded the gathering.
Raj Babbar described Azad as “icon of development”. “He is a man of development. His politics starts with development in the morning and concludes with development in the evening. He is the man who always arose above the party politics and led the pace of the development to all nook and corner of the country. As union health minister he ensured establishment of 55,000 hospitals throughout the country,” highlighted Babbar.
PCC president, Saifud-Din-Soz, described Congress party as “synonym to development, secularism and national integrity.”
He highlighted that “130-year-old Congress party has played great role in freedom struggle. Thousands of workers and leaders sacrificed their lives, remained jailed till we got Independence. After Independence, it was the Congress party that scripted the future of the country and advanced towards the path of development”.