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Holding Atal Behari Vajpayee’s NDA government’s policies of ‘division’ responsible for terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir before 2004, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the present Narendra Modi government was being run by big industrialists.
“Prime Minister came here during floods… conducted an aerial survey by helicopter and returned. He talked about giving Rs 1,000 crore, but this is not visible to anybody in the state,” Rahul said while addressing an election rally here this afternoon.
“However, when he went to Australia, an industrialist – Adani Sahib, accompanied him and the State Bank is now giving him Rs 6,000 crore,” he added. “It is unfortunate that while the Prime Minister’s promised Rs 1,000 crore for flood hit people of the state have not been given, State Bank is giving Rs 6,000 crore to Adani – an industrialist,’’ Rahul pointed out.
Reminding people of the situation during the period NDA regime at the Centre when people used to be killed daily by terrorists, Rahul said that “UPA, after coming to power in 2004, fought terror, slowly and slowly bringing peace in Jammu Kashmir. “It was not an easy job,’’ he said, adding that “we did it not by creating division, but by uniting people and taking them along with love and communal amity.”
On the other hand, the UPA government’s policies of creating division among people spread resentment and anger leading to violence in the state. “Before 2004, not a single tourist was visible in the state and the horticulture produce like apple etc., were being exported elsewhere the country from other state,’’ he said.
Once the violence was gone, state started progressing towards development, he said, adding people as to who did it? “Bringing peace and doing politics of love and brotherhood is a difficult job and it is done by the Congress party,’’ he added.
He accused BJP and the NDA of doing the politics of spreading anger and unrest by dividing people so as to get votes. “Those who do such politics are not the sufferers…their leaders do not suffer as they remain behind security covers,’’ Rahul said, adding “common people are the real victims of their politics. Those who suffer are the women, our sisters and our children’’.
Reminding people of the all round development taken place during Ghulam Nabi Azad’s two and a half year rule between 2006-08, he appealed to the people to give a decisive mandate in favour of Congress. He asked them not to bring coalition government in the state.