‘Who is weaker, NDA or UPA?’

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/12/2018 2:55:24 PM

PDP-BJP govt. total failure: PCC chief

JAMMU, Feb 11: The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Sunday took a dig at Modi-government with a query as who looked weaker government NDA or UPA, given the record number of militant attacks and Pak shelling leading to heavy casualties of jawans and civilians during last nearly four years.
Azad was addressing a Congress convention of Jammu district at Dussehra Ground today,
Lashing out at the Modi government for, what he said, “its failure to effectively deal with Pak sponsored terrorism and lack of any clear policy towards Pakistan and China,” he said Prime Minister Modi forgot its promises to the nation on issue of safety and security of the country. “He is mostly touring the world giving his advice to other nations, instead of being concerned as to what is happening in the country on various fronts especially on the issue of security. He reminded the Prime Minister and BJP of taunting the UPA government headed by Dr Manmohan Singh of being weak government on some rare incidents of the casualties of jawans on borders and militant attacks on Indian soil. “But now when there are series of such incidents, Modi government owes an answer to the nation,” Azad said.
The former Chief Minister had another jibe at the Prime Minister Modi for his policy towards Pakistan as he questioned, “Who invited Pak Prime Minister on oath ceremony and exchanged shawls? Who went to Lahore amidst continued incidents of border firing and militant attacks and who shared “Biryani?” He stated said when Prime Minister Modi was engaged in “Jhula diplomacy” with Chinese President, the Chinese army was busy entering territory in Doklam.
Azad said that the BJP forgot all other promises made to the various sections of the people during elections and now looking for other issues to polarize and divide the society as the general elections were drawing near.
He said Modi government was not concerned about the gruesome incidents of rapes reported regularly and atrocities on the Dalits and others in the name of religious beliefs by fake and false allegations.
“The farmers are committing suicides in large numbers as they are not getting the adequate price of their produce. The unemployed youth are fed up as the promised two crores jobs annually are nowhere, as around 4.5 lakh jobs were provided so far by NDA government. The demonetization badly affected the common man and small and medium scale business class due to the poor and faulty economics policies of the government,” he counted on `failures’ of Modi government.
Azad also referred to the unprecedented price hike which, he said, “had broken the backbone of the poor and common man.” He recalled that BJP stalwarts, at present part of the cabinet, would protest on streets over nominal hike of essential commodities but now the prices of LPG and other items of common use were touching sky.
He accused the BJP of emotionally exploiting the people during the last Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the state in the name of religion and region besides painting the Congress party as a “villain.” He regretted that the Congress, which had a history of sacrifices during the freedom struggle and for the unity and integrity of the country, was presented as enemy of nation by the BJP before elections and thereafter it was for the people to understand that it (Congress) could keep together people of different faiths, religions, languages and castes etc.
He lauded the role of Jammu region which became an abode of the people of all religions and faiths from all districts of the state during the peak of militancy. “Now also it is an example of religious brotherhood and tolerance but there are attempts to disturb and destabilize this age old traditional harmony by the vested political interest,” Azad said. He appealed to the people to remain united and thwart such designs in future also.
Azad paid rich tributes to those martyred in the Sunjwan militant attack and conveyed sympathies with their families. He lauded the jawans for eliminating terrorists at the cost of their lives. Earlier he enquired about the condition of the injured in the hospital in the morning. He was accompanied by CLP Leader N Rigzin Jora, senior vice-president Sham Lal Sharma and G M Saroori.
PCC president G A Mir, Sham Lal Sharma, Jora, ex-MP Madan Lal Sharma, former Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, vice-presidents Raman Bhalla, Mula Ram and Kanta Bhan, Ravinder Sharma, Vikar Rasool, R S Chib, Vikram Malhotra, Thakur Balwan Singh, Namrata Sharma, Manjeet Singh, Manmohan Singh also spoke on the occasion, while almost all senior leaders, legislators, PCC functionaries, frontal heads, district presidents, former legislators attended the convention.
Prominent among them were Aijaz Ahmed Khan Deputy CLP leader, Taj Mohi-ud-din, Suman Bhagat, Mohammed Akram, Shivdev Singh, Yogesh Sawhney, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma, Shabir Ahmed Khan, Shah Mohammed, Shah Nawaz, S S Channi, Hilal Shah, MLAs Mumtaz Khan, Amin Bhat, Usman Majid MLCs Naresh Gupta, Sham Lal Bhagat, Balbir Singh besides Muzaffer Parrey, Jahangir Mir, A S Micky, Mohammed Aslam Goni, ex-MLAs Ashok Sharma, Indu Pawar, Swarn Lata, G L Chalotra, K C Bhagat, Ashok Dogra, Prof Gharu Ram Bhagat, Chowdhary Gharu Ram.



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