Jammu, Nov 17: Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman said that downgrading of the State tp UT had come as a bolt from the blue & the decision of the central govt. has been full of shock and offence for the nationalist people of Jammu who are feeling betrayed and downgraded.
He said that abrogation of Article 370 and 35A was welcome, the lowering of status of a 200 year old state to Union Territory was irking the minds of the people especially of Jammu region who felt disgraced and dishonoured.
Singh questioned why should Jammu be made to suffer for the troubles in Kashmir? Why should Jammu region be deprived of its right to have a govt. of its own? Why should it be also brought under central rule alongwith Kashmir? Jammu can’t be allowed to be disgraced merely for the political expediencies of BJP at the centre.
He said that if there are trouble makers in Kashmir, the remedy does not lie in punishing the nationalist people of Jammu who have always respected law of the land and stood by the nation.
Harsh cautioned the BJP led govt. to refrain from downplaying the sentiments of people of Jammu region who gave it massive mandate in Assembly and Parliament elections.