Srinagar: Echoing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior Congress leader Raj Babbar Saturday claimed that Central funds were indeed not reaching the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Since 1982 I have repeated that Central government funds meant for development of the state are not reaching the people. Leave aside politics, I sincerely believe that people feel deprived of their rights as funds are not reaching to them,” Babbar told reporters here.
Babbar said that the UPA government had launched Aap Ka Paisa Aap Ke Haath policy so that money would “directly reach the people.”
Addressing an election rally in Udhampur yesterday, Modi had accused ruling and opposition parties in the state of “looting funds sent by the Government of India for the development of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Reacting to Modi’s statement over his frequent to Jammu and Kashmir , Babbar said people must understand the thinking of the rightwing party.
“Modi said I come here every month and no PM had been here before this. And that he will come here every month to wipe the tears of the people. I feel sad that the Prime Minister of the country knows that people have tears in their eyes. He has no way to stop those tears but he wants that they should continue so that he comes here to wipe them.
“Try to understand this thinking. They have reached Delhi. Their thinking is that the tears should flow, that you do not have guts to talk and try to stop your voice. They want to stop the process of your dialogue,” Babbar said.
He claimed that Congress would garner support in the ongoing Legislative Assembly polls and would emerge as single largest party.
State congress chief Saif-ud-din Soz, who accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of resorting to “propaganda”, however disagreed with Babbar over the issue of funds. “It is unfair to blame the entire government for usurping central funds. It is unacceptable that all funds are not reaching to the people. Prime Minister has been only resorting to propaganda. I am not happy with the incumbent coalition government because of poor governance for various reasons,” said Soz, whose party has been part of a coalition government with National Conference in the state over the past six years.
He accused Modi of running the internal and external policies of the government singlehandedly while asking him to understand mood of democracy. He exuded confidence the first phase of five phase Assembly polls have shown encouraging results for congress.
“Those who compare Modi with Vajpayee are wrong as BJP is contesting elections on communal lines. We are sure of winning four assembly seats of Ladakh region, Bandipora and Gurez segment. First phase of polls have gone in favour of our party,” he added.