STATE TIMES NEWS HIRANAGAR: Appealing people of Hiranagar to cast their vote in favour of Congress candidate from Udhampur Kathua Doda Parliamentary constituency, Vikramaditya Singh for strengthening secular character of the country and to speed up development in the State, former Minister and senior Congress leader, Raman Bhalla recalled unprecedented development witnessed by the State during regime of Congress. The former Minister, Raman Bhalla and ex-Dy Chief Minister, Tara Chand on Monday intensified election campaign in favour of Congress candidate, Vikramaditya Singh at Hiranagar. They urged people to vote and support Vikramaditya Singh for development of constituency, which was severely hit under BJP’s Government. Other who campaigned for Vikramaditya Singh included former MLA Th Balwan Singh, ex-MLA Prem Chand, ex MLC Subash Gupta, Block Presidents, Ward Presidents, Sarpanchs, Panchs and Lambardars. Addressing a public gathering at Village Hari Saini, Bhalla urged people to vote and support Congress in ensuing parliamentary elections. Former Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand assailed BJP for betraying border dwellers residing along Line of Control and International Border in the State, saying that lofty promises made during 2014 elections evaporated soon after formation of the Governments in New Delhi and J&K. “The betrayal left the residents of forward areas humiliated as they were made to run from pillar to post not just to seek redressal of their problems or fulfillment of promises but even to beg for their lives in wake of shelling from across the border,” Tara Chand asserted. Speaking on the occasion, Vikramaditya Singh came down heavily on BJP candidate, Dr Jitendra Singh for creating a hype over ‘development’ which in reality is nowhere on ground level, with people craving for basic amenities like never before. He claimed that reality of castle of imaginary ‘development’, which Jitendra Singh has created, can be well gauged by looking into miseries of farmers, jobless youth, border dwellers, ailing and other sections of society, which have increased manifold after he took over as MP of the constituency. In a sharp reaction against Dr Jitendra Singh’s question on Congress’ role in the development of constituency, Vikramaditya retorted back saying that instead of focusing on matters confronting people of the constituency, the sitting MP, who has no connect with the constituency, is now trying to deceive people by raising various non-issues and diverting their attention from joblessness, farmers’ plight, poor healthcare facilities and dilapidated power, water and roads infrastructure by blaming Congress.
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