STATE TIMES NEWS REASI: Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh on Saturday said that the historic record electoral victory in Udhampur-Kathua-Doda Lok Sabha Constituency, in fact reflects victory of common voters’ aspirations, particularly those of the youth as well as other hitherto lesser attended sections of society, including women and deprived. While addressing a public meeting here, after being given a rousing welcome on his arrival for the first time after being sworn in as the Union Minister for second consecutive term, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the important lesson from these elections is that regardless of criticism by opponents and false propaganda by a section of media, the final outcome of the election was determined by those, who voted as the beneficiaries of various welfare schemes and development projects initiated for them. Dr Jitendra Singh said that the record victory margin of more than 3.57 lakh votes in Udhampur constituency was possible because we received the vote of those, who were convinced by sincerity, with which Modi’s pro-poor schemes reached the most needy without any consideration of caste, religion or vote bank. He said that the huge victory margin was also possible because the voters, who were benefited by enormous development projects in the form of roads, state-of-art bridges, passport offices, radio stations, National institutes of learning like National Institute of High Altitude Medicine, national projects like Devika project, Seed Processing Plant and Industrial Biotech Park, Highway Haats, professional colleges, Kendriya Vidyalayas, Sports Stadiums, reservation for border youth etc. Taking a dig at a certain section of media, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the world’s highest railway bridge is coming up in Reasi and it is about 35 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower of Paris. He said that a French media team came here all the way to take visuals and prepare a news-story of the bridge, but our local media channels deliberately turned blind and carried on a sustained campaign, for their vested interests, to mislead people by saying that there was no ‘Vikas’ happening. Dr Jitendra Singh further announced that hereafter, the list of PMGSY roads will be prepared by reference of Sarpanchs of respective Panchayats without any interference from MP or MLA. He said that the issue of toll tax for daily commuters from Reasi has already been taken up with the Governor’s administration and hoped that very soon, an acceptable way out will be found. Former Minister Ajay Nanda, BJP District President Kuldeep Dubey, former MLA Baldev Sharma, Chairman of Reasi Municipal Corporation Jagdish Puri, Presidents of different Mandals and a number of Sarpanchs were also present on the occasion.
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