After the successful District Development Council (DDC) polls in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted on Saturday and cited the transparent election process as a moment of pride for India. The peaceful election of Jammu and Kashmir’s DDC is a mirror to those who teach me democracy every day, said Modi.
By taking a dig at Congress without naming it, Modi said that some people in Delhi offer him lessons on democracy day in and day out, and use abuses for him, but are yet to conduct the pending panchayat polls in Puducherry despite a Supreme Court order.
The PM’s remarks come days after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had claimed that there is no democracy in India. The Congress leader had also said that anyone who stands up against the Prime Minister will be branded as terrorist, even if it is Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat.
After launching the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) SEHAT scheme via video-conference, PM Modi interacted with two beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat scheme. These schemes tend to extend the benefits of Ayushman Bharat to all residents of Jammu and Kashmir which will benefit 21 lakh eligible people with free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh.
Modi said that this is a historic day for Jammu and Kashmir and each and every person of the union territory will get benefits of Ayushman Bharat scheme. Modi said he wanted to launch this scheme on Friday, on the occasion of birth anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had a special connection with J&K, “which is now prospering on his way of Insaniyat, Jamhuriyat and Kashmiriyat.”
The DDC polls in Jammu and Kashmir have seen people winning due to their work and not names, said Modi. The Centre has undertaken all-round development of Jammu and Kashmir, he added.
PM Modi went ahead saying that those who were in power for decades in the country ignored the development of border regions, including Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeastern states, but his government has rectified this.