Health, sports and youth affairs minister Anil Vij on Friday asserted that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win all the eight cantonment board (CB) wards in the elections to be held on January 11.
Talking to mediapersons at Central Phoenix Club (CPC), he said the people had elected BJP in the Centre as well as the state and “they have made up their minds for majority to BJP in local body also.”
The minister said that for the last several decades, the cantonment residents had been deprived of development due to successive governments’ apathy and “now the time is conducive as BJP governments are functioning on the motto Sabka Sath – Sabka Vikas.”
He said that he met defence minister Manohar Parikar at Delhi recently and have explained him the problems of the civilians living in cantonments that they were being subjected to “needless restrictions” on free movement. Vij said that the civilians had been providing logistic support to army for more than 150 years but the areas inhabited by them were not being developed.
In reply to a question, he claimed that he had also taken up the issue of Bhagat Singh market in the cantonment board where shopkeepers were facing ejectment after expiry of lease period.
On another question, the minister said that he had written to the chief secretary to finalise the modalities of shifting the Indian Oil Depot (IOC) from the Cantt as its location in thickly populated area was a great risk.
“We should learn lesson from Jaipur inferno four years ago when there was a huge loss of life and property,” he added.
Vij also introduced party candidates who are in fray for the cantonment board ward elections.