Jammu Tawi, April 23
Former minister and senior Congress leader, Raman Bhalla on Sunday accused the PDP-BJP coalition government of “undoing” the work done by the previous UPA government and said this had led to “emboldening of separatists and militants” in the valley. “Separatists, militants and Pakistan didn’t have any role and were put into sidelines of Kashmir but after the last elections in the state, the BJP-PDP coalition, which was formed just to grab power, undid all the work that we did,” he alleged.”
Former minister claimed that BJP-PDP coalition so far in their tenure has only added to the woes of common man, BJP in particular in Jammu region as BJP is involved in every anti-Jammu decisions by government.
He was speaking this while addressing the gathering at Roop Nagar Digiana in Gandhi Nagar constituency.
In 10 years of the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) rule there was relative peace in Jammu and Kashmir and our mantra was development. There was a fillip in tourism, job creations, education etc, which led people of Jammu and Kashmir to have faith in the mainstream of the country,” Bhalla said.
Taking a dig at the central government, he said, “We saw how in this present dispensation things have become worse in Kashmir and stone pelting is back in large scale.” “Flags of Pakistan and ISIS are being waived in Kashmir, we see separatists, militants and Pakistan stamps in the state while present dispensation could only manage to clamp curfew,” the Congress leader added.
He said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated all the five projects namely Chenani- Nashri tunnel , Baglihar Phase -II, Uri Hydro Project, Transmission line Leh and SMVD Narayana Hospital Panthal which were the big projects initiated and funded by the previous UPA government.
Congress had a clear plan for Kashmir — bring young people into the mainstream, generate employment and isolate Pakistan diplomatically – that had ended violence and helped India.We broke the backbone of terrorism into three to four pieces and brought peace. We confined Pakistan, tied their hands and almost packed them,” the Congress leader said.