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Where are smart cities for J-K: NC asks BJP


Denial of smart city status to Jammu, Srinagar and Katra raises a big question mark on the credibility of PDP-BJP dispensation, especially the latter which took extra pains in marketing the dream to people of the state in a big way, National Conference leader Devender Singh Rana on Wednesday said.

"Where are the smart cities in the yet another list reportedly notified by the Centre," the NC Provincial President asked in a statement issued here, adding the BJP stands fully exposed.

He said the people should not be surprised as the present dispensation in the state has abdicated its responsibility towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir and their development.

"They have been selling dreams and making commitments that they know have not to be kept. This is not only about smart cities but to all that concerns welfare of the people of this state," he said.

He said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is on record having assured on the floor of the Legislative Assembly that the state will definitely get two smart cities.

Rana also referred to the sharp criticism of BJP to his concern last year about delay in announcing three smart cities for Jammu, Srinagar and Devsthan Katra, saying the coalition party had gone to the extent of accusing National Conference of ‘spreading lies to destabilise the PDP-BJP government’.