J&K politicians amassed property by looting development funds: BJP

“We are demanding that the government should undertake evaluation of the property of all mainstream politicians in J&K including those associated with the BJP,” said the party General Secretary (Organization) Ashok Kaul.
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said people have right to know about the property "amassed" by mainstream politicians in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We are demanding that thegovernment should undertake evaluation of the property of all mainstreampoliticians in J&K including those associated with the BJP," said the partyGeneral Secretary (Organization) Ashok Kaul.

He was addressing a party convention in north Kashmir'sKupwara district. "In the past, the mainstream parties and politicians amassedproperty by looting central funds which were allocated for development works,"said Kaul.

"It is important that thereshould be a thorough probe to bring to fore what happened to the funds thatwere allocated to J&K for development," said Kaul.

Hesaid condition of roads was inferior in Kashmir and people were facing problemsdue to irregular power supply.

Thesenior BJP leader alleged that meritorious candidates did not get jobs in theprevious regimes owing to nepotism and rampant corruption.

He urged the administrationand the party carder to run campaign against drug addiction in the Valley. "Themenace of drug addiction has engulfed the youth in the Valley," he said. "Let'sjoin hands to fight this menace."

Heasked the state authorities to "launch a war" against drug abuse. "The BJPcadre will be neck-to-neck with the administration in fight against the drugabuse," Kaul said.

Duringthe convention, scores of Sarpanchs and Panches joined the BJP. Terming BJP,the party of poor people, Kaul urged the new entrants to work for betterment ofpeople.

"TheSarpanchs and Panches have been elected by the people and you are accountableto them," he told them.

Kaulalso discussed party election in Kupwara. The BJP has already startedpreparations for the polls in Kashmir.

The election for newConstituency and District presidents is underway in valley and it will concludein December. 

The BJP has decided to have separate Presidents for Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh. The elections for the posts will be completed in January 2019, he said. Ravinder Raina, who is the President of party unit for J&K UT, is also looking after party affairs of Ladakh.

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