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India not in danger; BJP is: Dr Farooq 

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JAMMU, MARCH 17- National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Sunday blamed BJP for creating fear psychosis across the country by crying hoarse over the nation being in danger.

“India is not in danger; it is the BJP which is in danger due to rug slipping from under the feet of the Prime Minister ahead of general elections”, Dr Farooq said while addressing people here this afternoon.

Apparently referring to air strike across the border in the wake of Pulwama terror attack and killing of over 40 CRPF personnel, the former chief minister regretted over the expression of selective outrage, saying similar concern and anguish should have been demonstrated over the killing of security forces in Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh and elsewhere. He said nobody from the Centre even visited those martyrs.

Dr Farooq Abdullah assailed the BJP led NDA government at the Centre for rising inflation and non-fulfilment of commitments made to the people during 2014 elections. The promise of two crore jobs annually and direct deposit of Rs 15 lakhs in each bank account proved to be big hoax, he said, asking where the promised jobs were.

“At least, nothing of the sort has been seen in Jammu and Kashmir in the past five years,” he said, adding, Narendra Modi used to censure the Centre as Chief Minister of Gujarat on rising prices and growing unemployment but now he has no answers or explanations to offer to the people.

National Conference President termed the slogan of power supply to all the villages as yet another gimmick saying the government that has failed in regulating power supply in towns and cities cannot make tall claims. He described the power scenario in Jammu and Kashmir as most erratic and added that the position of drinking water was not too good. He said the scheme drawn for drawing Chenab waters for meeting drinking water needs in Jammu continues to remain a distant dream.

“Now we are witnessing euphoria over stopping the Chenab spill over to Pakistan”, he said, adding that Jammu and Kashmir has been worst sufferer of the Indus Water Treaty. He regretted that the project costs of harnessing Chenab waters has escalated manifold due to lackadaisical approach in its implementation.

Earlier, paying tributes to Guru Nabba Dass ji at a congregation, Dr Farooq Abdullah underscored the crucial need of social justice and avenues of progress for all, irrespective of religion, caste and creed. He said mere slogans about the upliftment of weaker sections were not enough. A holistic approach is needed to be adopted for according rightful place to weaker sections in governance and decision making, he added.

He reiterated commitment of his party for providing adequate openings to the members of weaker sections of the society in governance and recalled the initiatives taken in this regard in the past. He said political empowerment of weaker sections holds key to their overall empowerment.

Besides Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, the former legislator Trilochan Singh Wazir and B. R. Kundal were also present on these occasions.

Earlier, National Conference President inaugurated a hotel in the private sector in Satwari area and described it a step forward towards  facilitating pilgrim tourism.

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