Jammu: Hitting out at the opposition parties, BJP on Friday blamed them for inciting public by spreading lies that the government denied smart cities to Jammu and Kashmir.

The party also assured that the development of Smart Cities by the Centre will be done in phases and Jammu and Kashmir has not been left out.

"The local parties and its defeated political leaders are resorting disinformation campaign of denial of Smart Cities to J&K and are inciting the public by spreading lies", BJP State-spokesperson, Jammu and Kashmir, Arun Gupta said on Friday.

It may be recalled that Jammu and Kashmir national Panthers Party (JKNPP), Congress and NC had hit out at BJP for failure to grant J&K two smart cities. JKNPP also held protest demonstration over the issue.

On the gross misinformation being spread over the topic of Smart Cities, Gupta said, "some politicos, who are out of power now in Jammu, have never worked for the betterment of state when they were in power. Now, when they have nothing useful to do, they are spreading misinformation without guilt just to incite anger of the public".

Throwing light on the basic requirements for grant of a Smart City, Gupta elaborated, "it is imperative that the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir understand the concept of Smart City. There are various parameters that should originally exist at baseline in the least for its grant".