The time has come when the state should have a nationalist government, Shah said during his first visit to the state after becoming the BJP president. Launching the partys Mission 44, aimed at forming its own government in the state, Shah said polls in the state cannot be looked at in isolation as boundaries of two countries touch it.
He addressed a nearly 20,000-strong crowd that had come from across Kathua district and adjoining areas to join BJP along with the two-time MP Choudhary Lal Singh.
The function was held at Ram Lila ground where Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerji was arrested for entering the state in defiance of permit system 60 years ago.
Slamming Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who had earlier taken a jibe at the PM, Shah said, Did you (Omar) or any of your colleagues in state government visit the people forced to migrate in the wake of unprovoked Pakistani shelling along the borders didnt you have some responsibility towards these people, or you think that they are not a part of your state he asked.
He asked the people, especially the border migrants, to not feel isolated as the Narendra Modi-led government and people across the country were with them. Shah said there is a need to rid the state of Abdullah and Mufti dynasties as while their members kept swapping places in power, the condition of people remained the same.
Desisting from making any remarks against the separatists in his 15-minute-long speech, Shah focused mainly on development. He assured justice to those who had migrated from PoK and West Pakistan during the 1947, 1965 and 1971 wars if the BJP was to come to power in the state.
Shah arrived at the venue in a three-km long procession led by motorcyclists waving BJP flags. Traffic on all roads leading there was stopped.
Earlier in the morning, Shah along with Minister of State in the PMO, Jitendra Singh, visited R S Pura and Salerh areas to meet people who had migrated in the wake of Pakistani shelling.
Besides accepting Lal Singh and his wife Kanta Andotra (former Congress MLA from Basohli) into the party fold, Shah also inducted the nearly 20,000 supporters who had turned up at the Ram Lila Ground from across the hilly district.
Those accepted into the party included retired DGP P S Gill, former bureaucrats, ex-army officials, elected panches and sarpanches from all four blocks of the district, office bearers of the district Congress unit, besides BJP supporters in villagers.
While accepting Lal Singh into the party fold Shah said, He has come to the right place. I accept him wholeheartedly and believe he and his supporters will work in the party as sugar mixes in milk.
As the number of people who had come to join BJP was very large, Lal Singh requested the BJP president to admit all the people at the venue into the party fold.