NC, PDP, Cong Institutionalized Corruption In JK: Rajnath Singh

28 November 2014
Greater Kashmir
Khalid Gul

Anantnag: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday accused political parties in J&K of 'using terror machinery to stay in power and disrupt peace.' Singh was scheduled to address a public rally in Akad area of Pahalgam constituency in south Kashmir. However, he could not make it to the venue due to bad weather conditions, officials said. The Union Minister later addressed people telephonically from the Srinagar 'International' Airport. 'This place was a heaven on earth but certain political parties for their own vested interest have turned it into a hell,' he said. He said though there were some 'anti-national elements unleashing terror in the state, the role of certain political parties cannot be ignored.' 'These political parties for their selfish motives and to grab power have been terrorizing their political opponents,' Singh said. 'These people are also disrupting peace in the state.' The Union Minister asked Pakistan to stop its 'terror activities' against India. 'Though Prime Minister NarendraModi went for a handshake with Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif in the SAARC summit in Nepal but nobody should take it as our weakness. India has already made it clear to Pakistan that dialogue with it is only possible if it stops promoting terror against our country,' Singh said. Criticizing the state government for 'not empowering Panchayats', Singh said, 'The state has been creating impediments in the empowerment of Panchayats by not incorporating 73rd Amendment of the Indian constitution.' Singh appealed people to vote for BhartiyaJanta Party (BJP) 'for overall peace and progress in the state', in the ongoing Assembly elections. 'You should shed your emotions and sentiments and keep only developmental issues in your mind while exercising your franchise,' Singh told the people. He lamented lack of development in the state. 'People have not been able to reap the benefits of development. The respective regimes in the state have failed to deliver and people here are lagging behind in all sectors,' he said. He said unemployment, power scarcity, poor education and health sector were issues that concern Kashmiris and addressing them is BJP's priority. 'Development and working for welfare of people is high on agenda of BJP,' said Singh. He blamed National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Congress for 'institutionalizing corruption' in J&K. 'You have tried and tested all these parties and every time they come to power, corruption rules the roost. So it is time to say goodbye to them and vote for change,' Singh said. The rally was organized by BJP candidate for Pahalgam, SofiYousuf. However, despite Home Minister's scheduled visit, only a handful of party workers had turned up at the venue. They too left disappointed after the announcement that Singh cannot make it to the place 'due to bad weather.' BJP's spokesman for Kashmir, Khalid Jehangir said due to bad weather the Union Minister could not fly to Karnah and Uri to address the rallies there. 'He addressed the rallies telephonically,' he said.