Government Would Not See Jammu Through Prism Of Kashmir: Jitendra Singh

14 May 2015
The Hindustan Times
Vikram Sharma

Jammu: Union minister of state Jitendra Singh said on Thursday that the Union government will not see Jammu through the prism of Kashmir. The union minister said this in the context of the controversy over establishing of an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the state. The minister was here to launch Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) mass contact programme 'Maha Sampark Abhiyan'. 'Be it AIIMS or any other institute given to Jammu and Kashmir, no discrepancy would be left in assigning proper and equitable distribution to the entire state as government would not see Jammu through the prism of Kashmir,' said Singh 'Even after formation of the government here, BJP has not compromised over its basic principles and ideology,' he said, adding, 'We had formed the government in J&K on the agenda of development for all three regions and all sections of the society.' 'It was earlier alleged that all policies and programmes for J&K were made keeping in view the Kashmir-centric approach, this myth has been dispelled now after the formation of BJP-led NDA government at the Centre,' said Singh adding that every plan and policy is being made keeping in view the aspirations and ground realities of all three regions of the state. On terrorism and separatism still holding on its roots in the Valley, the minister expressed confidence in the party in dealing with the situation. 'The BJP-led government is capable of dealing with any situation whether it is related to terrorism or separatism. This is the reason why the entire world looks up to Prime Minister Modi with esteem wherever he goes,' he said. When asked to comment on the steps taken by the PM towards improving ties with Pakistan, Singh said, 'PM Modi has done what no other government has been able to do. During the oath taking ceremony, all the heads of SAARC nations reached there, including Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Such an initiative has never been taken in the history of independent India.' Countering allegations of other political parties terming BJP as anti-minority, Singh said, 'BJP had formed government in those states where minority communities constitute a majority such as Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Goa. He further stated that the NDA-led government at the Centre always worked and talked about the development of the 125 crores Indians and never believed in appeasement policy.' BJP state president and MP Jugal Kishore Sharma, MP Shamsher Singh Manhas were present besides other senior leaders. 'Under the party's membership drive, BJP has enrolled seven lakh people from the state into party fold and credit goes to the party's active cadres,' Manhas said.