Lashing out the allegation made by P. Chidambaram and other Congress leaders that the Modi government was influencing the Election Commission to delay the dates of Gujarat Assembly poll to suit its convenience and responding to Chidambaram’s latest statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, having bought time to “dole out freebies”, may now conveniently direct the Election Commission to announce the Gujarat election dates, Union Minister and BJP Election Co-Incharge for Gujarat, Dr Jitendra Singh said here on Friday that, unlike the Congress, the BJP Government does not interfere in the working of Election Commission. He said, since the day the Modi government came to power on 26th May 2014, all the constitutional bodies, including the Election Commission, have enjoyed absolute freedom and autonomy to function without any external interference from the government.
Dr Jitendra, speaking on the sidelines of a function this morning, made a dig at the Congress leaders and said that what Chidambram and other Congress leaders are talking is from their own experience of nearly 50 years when the Congress Party established a new norm of using constitutional bodies, including Election Commission and CBI, to serve its political interests.
Earlier, speaking at a function to mark the release of a video film Muntazar highlighting the state of elder citizens in the country today, Dr Jitendra said, instead of being pessimistic about the issue, the need of the hour is for a healthy synergism between the youth and the elders for a much harmonious and faster assent of India in the world arena. He said, the reality of India 2017 is that on the one hand, we have 70 per cent of population which is below the age of 40 years, while on the other hand, the 40 per cent of population is in the higher age group also, which if counted in exact numbers, is many times more than what it was 50 years ago.
Lauding the new initiatives taken by the J&K State Social Welfare Board (JKSWB) under the chairmanship of Prof. Nirmal Kamal, Dr Jitendra assured of full support from himself and Central Government for the BOARD’S activities. He also called upon the State Government to be more forthright and proactive in offering assistance to the various programmes envisaged by the Board.
Speaker Kavinder Gupta who was the Guest of Honour on the occasion lauded the good work being done by J and K State Social Welfare Board and the cooperation offered by Dr Jitendra Singh. Earlier, Chairman the Board Prof. Nirmal Kamal gave a resume of diverse activities undertaken by the organisation ever since he has taken charge.