Jammu: Launching a veiled attack on Congress party for ignoring Chenab valley region in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday said that nothing was done for the people of Chenab valley region in the past six decades as the leaders were busy in getting personal favours.
"Over last six decades, Doda-Bhaderwah region has been let down by its own elected representatives," Singh, who was addressing election rallies in Doda and Bhaderwah regions, said while launching a veiled attack on former Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
"Invariably, there has always been a representative of this region in the state cabinet and at the same time, some of the leaders of this area have ruled the roost in New Delhi over the last three decades, but in spite of that, this area continued to remain ignored which is a paradox," Singh said.
Singh said that after he was elected as the MP from the Doda Udhampur constituency he initiated various development projects including road projects, tourist circuits and Kendriya Vidyalaya.
However, the Union minister said that he would not elaborate on them today due to the constraints of model code of conduct.
"However, the results and fruits of this would be visible to all in a very short time," he said.
Singh alleged that the representatives elected to the state legislature and Parliament from the area was "contented to obtain personal favours whether in the form of ministerial berth or business franchisees".
"In the process, they conveniently forgot that they owed their status and clout to the innocent people living in the far-flung hilly terrains of this backward region," he said.
Singh said that the graph of Narendra Modi's popularity has gone so high that the National Conference and Congress leaders, who spoke rudely about him during Lok Sabha election campaign, were now shying away to utter a word against him.
"A new chapter in the history of India has started with the taking over of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and it has been the Prime Minister's constant endeavour to ensure that the benefits of development reach the remotest parts of the country," he said.