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With eye on assembly polls, Amit Shah woos Jammu region
PTI
Kathua (J&K), August 25, 2014
First Published: 17:07 IST(25/8/2014)
Last Updated: 12:12 IST(11/9/2014)

Kathua (J&K): Ahead of J-K assembly polls, BJP president Amit Shah on Monday sought to woo the people of Jammu, saying the party will help the region get justice as it has been given "step-motherly" treatment by governments during the last 60 years.

Addressing a rally here today, Shah attacked the Omar Abdullah government and asked people to shun dynasty politics in the state.

He said he has come here with a message of Prime Minister  Narendra Modi who wishes to usher in development in the state for it move along with the country on the path of speedy progress.

"For 60 years the people of the Jammu region have been facing injustice. The BJP government will help get justice for Jammu, as the various governments have meted out step-motherly treatment to the region," he said.

Hitting out at dynastic politics, he said, "BJP is fighting to make 'Congress-mukt bharat' (Congress free India) and Jammu and Kashmir is also part of the country. So to make J&K Congress-free, you have to fight to make the state free from Abdullah and Mufti."

He also hit out at the Omar Abdullah government over the incident of targeting of community kitchens for Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.

Shah also said the BJP government will help get justice to those who suffered during the 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars. On continued shelling by Pakistan along the border, he said, the BJP regime will give a befitting reply to them.

Reaching out to the people of the region, which has 37 assembly seats out of 87 in the state, the BJP chief said time has come for Jammu and Kashmir to move along with the country's progress and BJP will help it in doing so.

Listing out major achievements of the Modi regime in the first three months of coming to power, he said in 60 months, the government will accomplish more than 60 things. "If there is a BJP government in the state, the state will benefit largely," he said.

BJP is on a 'Mission-44' in the state to win an absolute majority so that it can install its government.

"Have faith in BJP, which will ensure speedy progress and development of Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

Former MP from Udhampur Lal Singh also joined the BJP at the rally. Shah welcomed him into the party fold saying he has come to the "right place".

Apart from Singh, his wife and former MLA from Basohli, Kanta Andotra, former director general of Punjab police, P S Gill were among the two dozen former bureaucrats, Army officials and Engineers, who were inducted into the party by BJP national president Amit Shah at the function.

Welcoming Singh and other workers into the party fold, Shah said "Singh is now with the BJP and after a long long time he is in the right place... BJP accepts him by heart".

Lal had left Congress in July by attacking leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad for denial of mandate of Udhampur Lok Sabha seat from where Azad contested in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and lost to the BJP's Jitendera Singh.

Singh - who hails from Kathua district - had won the 2003 and 2008 Lok Sabha elections as Congress candidate from Udhampur. He was elected to Jammu and Kashmir Assembly as MLA in 1996 and 2002 polls. He became minister for health and medical education in the Mufti Mohmmad Syeed-led coalition government in 2003.


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