SRINAGAR: Senior National Conference leader and Additional General Secretary Mustafa Kamal Wednesday hit out at the statement of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian Syed Zafar Islam with regards to development in Jammu and Kashmir and said they are nothing but smoke and mirrors to hide the horrid outcome of ruling party’s Kashmir policy.
Kamal said under the ruling BJP, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are racing on the path of no return.
“BJP has normalized deceiving people. But, the scales have fallen off people’s eyes. This time also the visiting BJP minister is trying to pull a fast one on people, who are witnessing worst of development stagnation, ever-increasing unemployment, administrative deficit and widespread unaccountability,” Kamal in a statement said.
“ The major take away of the post-August 5, 2019 policies are marked by the destruction of democracy, the annihilation of the empowered legislature, missing locals officers from bureaucracy, back-peddling of the central government on its solemn assurances to the people, anti native domicile laws land strategic militarized zones, soaring unemployment, declining horticulture, agriculture, crumbling infrastructure, and no headway on all major road, tunnel, central universities, gas pipeline, dry port, Jhelum –Tawi flood mitigation plan and ring road projects,” he said.
He said that he was at his wit’s end to figure out what the visiting MP is referring to as ‘good work’ by the administration.
“The figures coming out by various central agencies clearly reveal how badly the measures of August 5, 2019, have impacted the scenario of Development in J&K and Ladakh. Even on the front of ensuring people the basic civic amenities, the incumbent JK and central government has failed. The situation on the ground is going from bad to worse. JK People have decided not to be taken in by lies,” he said.
Kamal further stated that BJP’s rant on no development in J&K for the last 70 years has run past the expiry date.
He said it is because of the efforts of the successive NC led government’s under the leadership of Sher-e-Kashmir, Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah that the HDI of JK was higher than Andhra, Gujarat and Bihar.