STATE TIMES NEWS HIRANAGAR: Former Minister and Congress candidate from Jammu-Poonch Parliamentary seat, Raman Bhalla on Sunday lambasted BJP Government for ‘totally neglecting education and health sectors in State’. This was observed by Bhalla while campaigning for Congress candidate from Udhampur-Doda Parliamentary constituency, Vikramaditya Singh at Jatwal and Dayalachak areas of Hiranagar constituency. Bhalla said that there was no single recruitment of teacher or Master under SSA and ReT in last four years and those who have completed more than five years of their service under ReT are awaiting regularisation. “Same is the story under NHRM scheme,” Bhalla said, adding that BJP Government failed to carry forward the development works started by Congress Government. “Hiranagar Community Health Center was upgraded to 100 beds by Congress but in last five years no work was done on it,” Bhalla said. During tenure of Congress, Kathua got seven new Degree colleges, University campus, medical college etc whereas on contrary, in BJP’s tenure the Government even failed to expedite work on such projects and no new announcement was made. Bhalla said that local BJP MLA betrayed people of border belt of Hiranagar. He said from past 15 years people from Hiranagar have been giving mandate to BJP but still Hiranagar lacks behind on development front. Appealing people to get rid of ‘compulsive obsessive disorder’ of voting in favour of time-tested failed parties time and again, Bhalla said that BJP completely failed to fulfill aspirations of people of Jammu region. Bhalla recalled that during Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in 2014, the people voted BJP to power with an overwhelming mandate in both the elections. While BJP MPs from Jammu region remained mute spectators in the Union Capital in five years, the party with 25 MLAs in the State, compromised with national and regional interests just to stay in power, added Bhalla. “It is right time to hit the last nail in BJP’s coffin, vote for Congress, vote for a change. Only we have a dynamic leadership to raise your voice in the Parliament. We will not let you down, we pledge,” claimed Bhalla. Others present on the occasion included ex MLC Subash Gupta, ex MLA Gardhari Lal Chalotra, ex MLA Prem Chand, Block Presidents, Sarpanchs, Panchs and Ward Presidents.
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