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

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 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.

He was addressing a party convention in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. “In the past, the mainstream parties and politicians amassed property by looting central funds which were allocated for development works,” said Kaul.

“It is important that there should be a thorough probe to bring to fore what happened to the funds that were allocated to J&K for development,” said Kaul.

He said condition of roads was inferior in Kashmir and people were facing problems due to irregular power supply.

The senior BJP leader alleged that meritorious candidates did not get jobs in the previous regimes owing to nepotism and rampant corruption.

He urged the administration and the party carder to run campaign against drug addiction in the Valley. “The menace of drug addiction has engulfed the youth in the Valley,” he said. “Let’s join hands to fight this menace.”

He asked the state authorities to “launch a war” against drug abuse. “The BJP cadre will be neck-to-neck with the administration in fight against the drug abuse,” Kaul said.

During the 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 of people.

“The Sarpanchs and Panches have been elected by the people and you are accountable to them,” he told them.

Kaul also discussed party election in Kupwara. The BJP has already started preparations for the polls in Kashmir.

The election for new Constituency and District presidents is underway in valley and it will conclude in 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.