Srinagar, Dec 8: Hitting out at Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) for ‘failing to raise the issues of development during the ongoing District Development Council (DDC) elections, BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Tuesday said that the common people in the valley are fed up of militancy and they only want progress.
“It is ironic that during the DDC election campaigning, the leaders of ‘Gupkar gang’ talk about everything except developmental issues. And the only party which can deliver on the development front is BJP. So I ask the Gupkar gang to talk about development, dynasty and corruption free J&K… they don’t talk about these issues deliberately as they know they haven’t done any development in the past,” Mr Hussain told reporters during a press conference here on Tuesday.
The BJP leader said that development is the only issue in the DDC elections. “I ask Omar Abdulla, Mehbooba Mufti, other leaders and their ringmaster, the Congress, to talk about development,” he added.
On farmer protests, he said that the opposition is misleading them against the farm bills, which were passed by the BJP-led NDA government for the benefit of the farmers. “Farmers are being misled by the parties that have been rejected by the people. These parties are using farmers for their political benefits,” he said.
Mr Hussain said that the farmers live in the heart of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “It is our prime minister’s dream to double the income of farmers. Farmers are our brothers and in a democracy, holding protests is their right. However, they should ensure that their protest is not causing inconvenience to others,” he said.
The BJP spokesperson said that Muslims ‘would not find a better place than India and a better leader than Mr Modi. “I have said before that Muslims cannot find a better country than India and a better friend than a Hindu. I want to add that Muslim cannot find a better leader than Narendra Modi….we connected Kashmir with Mecca-Medina though direct flights as during the Congress rule, the flight from here used to go via Delhi. We want to work with honesty. We won’t keep our dreams unfulfilled,” he added.