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KATHUA: Lashing out at the opposition parties who, he said, were looking for excuses to escape from participation in the proposed local body elections in the State, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh on Thursday said that these parties, particularly National Conference (NC) and its ally Congress, want dynastic “autonomy” for the “family”, but do not want democratic “autonomy” for the “Panchayat”.
In a hard-hitting speech after inaugurating the first-of-its-kind Seed Processing Plant here today, Dr Jitendra Singh asked, what moral right does a party like National Conference has to demand autonomy for dynastic leadership, while denying autonomy to democratically elected leadership of Sarpanchs and Panchs in a Gram Panchayat.
He also asked, what right the Congress Party has to offer tacit support to the stand taken by such parties, even as it takes pride that its leader Rajiv Gandhi was the architect of 73rd Amendement of Constitution pertaining to the Panchayat Act.
Making a dig at both National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Jammu-based activists of these parties are feeling frustrated by the decision imposed on them by their Kashmir-centric leadership. The Jammu based activists of these parties had been, for the last several years, nurturing dreams of becoming Corporators and Councilors. Dr Jitendra Singh appealed to all the Jammu-based activists of National Conference and PDP to join BJP and support the local body electoral process without loosing any time. We shall find out a suitable role for them, he said.
The most hilarious aspect of the misguided attempt to link Article 35A with local elections is, Dr Jitendra Singh said that, despite Article 35A, the National Conference President did not find anything wrong in contesting Lok Sabha by-election with mere 7 per cent polling, so that he could secure perks and bungalows as an MP and the PDP President found nothing wrong in getting a backdoor entry for her brother into the Legislative Council. This has yet again exposed the opportunistic politics of these parties, he added.
Earlier, Dr Jitendra Singh spoke of the new Seed Processing Plant as the first-of-its-kind in the region, which will benefit farmers not only in Kathua and surrounding districts, but also in the adjacent districts of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. It will start producing high-quality seeds from April-May next year, he informed.
This is one of the three National-level Central Projects launched in Kathua district within just one month, said Dr Jitendra Singh and cited the Shahpur Kandi Dam and Ujh Multipurpose Project as the other two such projects. Together, these three projects will make Kathua an essential contributor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission to double farmer’s income by 2022.
Dr Jitendra Singh also informed that the Keediyan-Gandiyal Inter-State Bridge will become functional in next two months and North-India’s first-ever Bio-Tech Part in Kathua will probably start operating early next year.
MLA Kathua Rajiv Jasrotia, spoke about the developmental projects brought to Kathua in the last four years with the support of Dr Jitendra Singh.
Former Chairman Backward Classes Board Rashpal Verma, Prem Nath Dogra, Raghunandan Singh Bablu, Janak Bharati and local Surpanch Vijay Kumar were among others who spoke on the occasion and lauded Dr Jitendra Singh’s contribution as an MP.
A Skill Centre was also inaugurated on the occasion in the presence of Divisional Commissioner Sanjiv Verma and Deputy Commissioner Rohit Khajuria.
In another function later in the day, Dr Jitendra Singh performed the Bhoomi Poojan for setting up a Recreation Park in the heart of Kathua City at a budget of Rs. 1.5 crore, with the support of K.K. Birla Group of Industries.
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