Ram Madhav
December 6, 2014

Omar led coalition failed to help Kashmir flood victims: Ram Madhav

‘BJP has come with developmental discourse’


Rising Kashmir News
Jammu, Dec 05: Stating that Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has come up with developmental discourse in Jammu and Kashmir, Ram Madhav, National General Secretary of BJP Friday said assembly elections in J&K shall be contested in view of present situation because people have become victim of ‘old discourses and old issues’.
Madhav was speaking in a seminar organized by the state unit of BJP here in winter capital.
The BJP general secretary who has in J&K for last few months to ensure party’s mission 44+ said, “Even after 60 years of independence, J&K lags far behind on developmental front as compared to other states of the country.”
He said BJP has come up with a vision of development in Jammu and Kashmir which is missing. He said the successive governments were responsible for present situation, as they “involved in corrupt practices.”
Giving reference of budgetary support to the State government by GoI, Madhav said, CM Omar Abdullah last year demanded Rs 10, 000 crore as annual budget for the state from then Congress led UPA government in the centre.
Since the NC had alliance with Congress, the Central government allocated Rs 8000 crore as annual budget to the State of J&K which is higher than the planning support given by the Planning Commission to any other State in India.
“We have no complaint about the annual budget given to Omar led government because JK needs financial support which is responsibility of the Union government,” he added.
Omar govt failed during floods in Kashmir
Criticizing Omar Abdulla’s government, Ram Madhav said, “Look at the insensitivity of the political leadership here. What is the right time for a flood….after the elections are over?’’ Madhav was referring to CM’s statement on floods in Kashmir.
“This has been the political attitude of the people in J&K that people should suffer, but not my political fortunes,’’ he added.
Highlighting the Central assistance to Kashmir in floods, he said, “PM Narendra Modi responded to the situation sensitively and immediately allocated Rs 745 crore for flood victims.”
“Did it (funds) reach the flood victims?’’ the BJP leader asked. Some areas of Jammu had also been affected by floods, large areas of Valley were worst hit and despite the onset of winter, people there were compelled to live under miserable conditions due to the failure of the state government.
However, the biggest problem in the state was that the political parties were not ready to accept development as their main agenda, he said.
“They issue manifestos raising the same old issues and ask us as to why we are not doing the same,’’ Madhav said, adding “let us give development a chance’’. “The state has so much of potential and we want to exploit that potential,’’ he said while referring to sufferings of different sections of society due to “bad governance of two families.”
“After the elections are over, irrespective of whosoever forms the government, we want the rehabilitation support reach directly to the bank accounts of flood victims,” he said.
He said, “Let them rebuild their lives rather than depending on the government. Ours will be a participatory government and every citizen a stake holder in the government.’’

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