SRI NAGAR: Accusing the successive state governments of swindling central funds, BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to make Jammu and Kashmir number one state in the country.
Addressing his first rally here at Jawahar Nagar, Shah said, “2014 will be written in golden letters in India’s democratic history as people gave the BJP a majority for the country’s development. The year will also be remembered because the BJP will form the government in J&K.”
He said change was inevitable in the state, where people were still deprived of basic amenities.
“The state has not developed in the past 60 years. It continues to be a backward state, with people longing for electricity, potable water, tourists, development, road connectivity, better healthcare facilities and industries, etc,” said Shah, while campaigning for the party candidates contesting from here.
All eight constituencies of Srinagar would go to the polls in the fourth phase on December 14.
Taking a dig at the ruling NC, Congress and the PDP, Shah said, “The three parties, who have enjoyed power in the state for the past 12 years have done nothing for people. The Congress has been joining hands with father-son (NC) or father-daughter (PDP) for the sake of power.”
He said the saffron party was working for Congress-free India. “We have to get rid of the NC, PDP and the Congress, which are creating fear among the people about the BJP’s presence in the Valley,” Shah said.
Accusing the successive state governments of swindling central funds, the BJP chief said, “The Central government gave `1,700 crore to the Omar Government after the floods. However, people are saying that they have not received anything. Where has the money gone?” he asked.