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Amit Shah in Jammu Highlights: BJP could not be part of a government that discriminated against Jammu and Ladakh, says party chief

BJP president Amit Shah addressed a public meeting in Jammu, days after his party withdrew support from the PDP-led government in Jammu and Kashmir. Below are the highlights:

By HT Correspondent | Jun 23, 2018 20:43 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah addressed a rally in Jammu on Saturday, just a few days after his party withdrew support from the PDP-led government in Jammu and Kashmir. Shah was on a day-long trip to Jammu to mark the “martyrdom anniversary” of Jan Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee.

His public address assumed significance as he touched on the political situation in the state and spoke on why the BJP withdrew support for the Mehbooba Mufti government in which his party was a partner. Jammu and Kashmir is now under governor’s rule.

Here are highlights :

6:45 PM IST

Shah reviews prep for Lok Sabha elections

Amit Shah reviewed the party’s preparations and strategy for the Lok Sabha election due in 2019. Before his address at the rally, Shah chaired the election committee meeting of the party to discuss the issues for the next election, a senior BJP leader told PTI.

The top leadership of the party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit briefed the BJP chief about the political situation after the imposition of the governor’s rule.

6:28 PM IST

Amit Shah ends address

BJP chief ends his address by reiterating that the party wanted equal development for Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and could not support a government that would not allow this.

6:25 PM IST

Media narrative linking anti-terror operations to governor’s rule: Shah

“Media is creating its own narrative, linking anti-terror operations to governor’s rule. I appeal to the media to change the narrative. Ours is a narrative of development ,” says Shah.

6:22 PM IST

Shah attacks Congress over Ghulam Nabi Azad’s comment

“I cannot even repeat what Ghulam Nabi Azad has said. But Lashkar-e-Taiba has extended support to his comment,” says Amit Shah, referring to the Congress leader’s comment that has stirred controversy.

Azad reportedly said that the “muscular policy” of the government worked mostly against civilians as it killed 20 civilians for every four terrorists. After Azad’s remarks, the Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit issued a statement saying “we have been of the same opinion as the ones expressed by Ghulam Nabi Azad and others”.

Shah says, “Congress leaders should apologise to the country.”

6:17 PM IST

Highest number of terrorists killed under Modi government: Shah

“Under Narendra Modi’s government, most number of terrorists have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir,” says Shah.

6:11 PM IST

PDP govt did not allocate land for AIIMS in Jammu: Shah

“The Centre approved AIIMS for both Jammu and Kashmir but the PDP government did not allocated land for AIIMS in Jammu. It is our right to demand our share,” says Amit Shah.

6:07 PM IST

Cannot be part of government that discriminates against Jammu: Shah

Amit Shah says, “The Modi government sent several financial packages for the state, including a Rs 60,000 crore package. Prime Minister Narendra Modi came here over a dozen times. But Jammu and Ladakh were discriminated against.

“If development (in the state) is not balanced and Jammu does not progress, then we decided cannot be part of this (state) government,” he says.

“Under the PDP government, a newspaper editor was murdered. Children took up stone-pelting. Attacks on army and security forces increased. We could not be part of such a government,” Shah says.

5:59 PM IST

BJP only cares about J-K’s development: Shah

Amit Shah says, “I have come here after one year. When I came last, we were part of the government. Only the BJP praises our country even when we are out of the government.”

“BJP is a patriotic party. We don’t care about power, we care about the development of the state,” he says.

5:53 PM IST

Shyama Prasad Mookerjee sacrificed himself for J-K: Shah

Amit Shah says, “When Jammu and Kashmir was merged with India after the Partition, there were conditions. People from other parts of the country needed permits to come to the state. Mookerjee agitated to change this.

I don’t think he died in jail in Jammu and Kashmir, he was murdered. He sacrificed himself for the state.”

5:17 PM IST

Amit Shah arrives at venue

BJP president Amit Shah arrives at the venue of the public meeting. Shah is joined on stage by state BJP chief Ravinder Raina and Union minister of state Jitendra Singh.

12:00 PM IST

BJYM activists escort Amit Shah

A motorcycle rally of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists accompanied BJP president Amit Shah to the Canal Road guest house from the airport. Shah was also accompanied by state BJP president Ravinder Raina and other senior leaders.

11:40 AM IST

Amit Shah arrives in Jammu

BJP president Amit Shah arrives in Jammu. He will address a rally in the city later in the day.