Speaking at a function of the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) on Saturday, October 26, Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that Kashmir was on the way to prosperity after the abrogation of Article 370. He mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the responsibility of uniting Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) with India after commencing his second term. Maintaining that not even a single bullet had been fired since then, he opined that the development of the region was now possible. Moreover, he slammed the Congress for mistreating Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Thanking the voters of Gandhinagar on the occasion, Shah remarked that the PM had accomplished the task of providing facilities to the poor- something which Congress could not achieve in the 70 years since Independence. He noted that projects worth Rs 1500 crore had been inaugurated in the last two days, including the construction of more than 4,000 homes incurring an expense of Rs 275 crore. These projects also comprised control rooms, longest flyover, gymnasium, swimming pools, parks, and new pipelines to supply fresh water. Moreover, the Home Minister reiterated the PM’s promise to supply drinking water to all households before 2024. Mentioning that more than 660 km of metro work had been completed, he added that projects worth Rs.4,796 crore had already been completed in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar under the smart city scheme.
Furthermore, Shah claimed that 1.5 lakh homes had been constructed this year under the aegis of PM Awas Yojana. He observed that more than 60 crore people had been the beneficiaries of various government schemes since BJP came to power in 2014. Elaborating on this, he said that gas connections had impacted the lives of 13 crore people. Thereafter, he revealed that the government considered toilet construction as a parameter of development. Reminding the audience of the lack of washrooms earlier, Shah said that teenage girls had to go out in the open. Subsequently, he emphasised that the PM had given topmost priority to the construction of toilets in the urban and rural areas. Finally, he expressed his satisfaction that more than 4,000 people would celebrate Diwali in their own houses this year.