Jammu: Terming Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir the symbol of patriotism and nationalism, BJP said governments in the state have ignored the community.
"Gujjars are scattered in the entire length and breadth of the state, more so in mountainous, remote and border areas. But it is irony that more than 60 years of Independence has virtually proved meaningless for them and they always remained neglected and ignored by those who had been at the helm of the affairs," BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav said while addressing an election rally in Chouadhi area yesterday.
Madhav alleged that successive state governments have very "conveniently treated them as second class citizens" and various Central and even state schemes meant for them were not fully implemented in the state.
"Gujjars are a symbol of patriotism and nationalism. They have always been exploited for their votes and in return denied any share in the matters related to development," Madhav said.
Madhav said BJP, after forming government in the state, would treat all sections and areas equally in governance and development.
He said a strong BJP government would help end decades of dynasty rule in the state.
Addressing the gathering, BJP MP and party in-charge for Jammu and Kashmir Avinash Rai Khanna said, "People displayed their overwhelming faith in BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections and the same enthusiasm is witnessed in Jammu and Kashmir during the ongoing Assembly elections."
"This wave will result in accomplishment of Mission 44+ and support of people from all sections is necessary to achieve it," he said.