Senior Congress leader and leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said that no political party was ready to shake hands with the BJP in government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Without naming any BJP leader, Azad said, "The BJP was hoping against hope. It was expecting low polling, which might have given it some kind of benefit in one or two assembly segments. But heavy turnout has flattened its move. The dream of Mission 44+ is a day-dreaming by its leaders. Now after observing heavy polling, especially in fourth phase and getting clear cut signals from other political parties that they will not hold any kind of alliance with the BJP, its leadership is now coming out with statement that it will not go for alliance. Rather the reality is other way round. Such statements are indications of frustration."
"Only Congress is the party, which can come up to the expectations of the people of all the three regions of the state. The Congress has its visibility and physical presence in all the three regions and eight sub-regions of the state, whereas the BJP has just its presence in one sub-region of the state," pointed Azad, while addressing public meetings at Hiranagar and Rajouri constituencies on Monday.
Azad highlighted that it was during his small tenure of two-and-half-year as chief minister that development accelerated in the hilly, remote and backward belts of the state.
Taking a dig at the NC and the PDP for even getting credit for those projects initiated and completed in his tenure as chief minister, Azad said, "Who ensured work culture in the state? Who waged a war against corruption? Who sent guilty police officers responsible for the killing of innocent behind bars? Have they got enough guts to speak truth before the people? It was only and only Congress party's policies which delivered new era of peace, development and prosperity in the state."
Lambasting the rival political parties for indulging in misinformation campaigning against the Congress, Azad said that it was the Congress which really understood and shared the sufferings of the people living in the mountainous belts and remote areas.
Criticising the political parties for dividing the people in the name of caste and religion, he urged the gathering not to fall in the trap of such political parties. He urged the people to cast their vote in favour of the Congress candidates, so that the developmental activities initiated by the Congress continue and get completed on time.