Jammu, Aug 12:Taking strong exception over the failure of the centre government to issue formal notification as per the provision of the AIIMS Act for setting up of separate and independent institution of AIIMS in Jammu, the Congress has threatened to intensify the agitation and resort to ‘gherao’ the ministers and legislators, besides leading a march and big dharna of large number of people at Jantar Mantar Road Delhi, if the necessary orders in this regard are not issued without any further delay.
Addressing media persons at PCC HQ here today Mr. Sham Lal Sharma-Sr. Vice President PCC, Shri Raman Bhalla-Vice President PCC, Mr. Ravinder Sharma-Chief Spokesman PCC alongwith General Secretaries PCC Sdr. Manjit Singh, Vikram Malhotra, Manmohan Singh; President Mahila Congress Stmt. Indu Pawar and President DCC Jammu (U) Mr. Anil Copra, lashed out at the state government, especially the coalition partner the BJP for using all foul means to sabotage and crush the movement for AIIMS for Jammu by the people under the banner of AIIMS Co-ordination Committee. They severely criticized and condemned the undemocratic and coercive methods adopted by the state government under the instruction of the BJP government at the centre to crush the voice of people for their genuine cause.
They said that firstly the BJP bartered the interests of the people for the sake of sharing power, as the people gave them massive mandate in Jammu on their tall claims to champion the cause of Jammu region and thereafter indulged in all sorts of tactics to fail the struggle launched by the civil society through Coordination Committee which has the mass support of all sections and shades of people.
The BJP leadership, time and again gave commitments to fulfill the demand of the people but their real intention behind such commitments and vague announcements was aimed at weakening the movement, hopping that it would fizzle-out slowly. In this direction all sorts of tactics including coercive and undemocratic methods were adopted against the respectable citizens and members of the BAR. Even the peaceful ‘dharna’ of the Coordination Committee was also forcibly lifted from the original site, who are seeking appropriate formal orders as per written commitment of the government representatives.
Expressing strong protest over the attitude of the state and the centre government, the Senior Congress leaders questioned the ‘drum beating’ exercise by the BJP leaders including ‘Dhanyewaad Rally’ and big hoardings with out issuance of any formal notification as required under the relevant provisions of the AIIMS Act. The BJP leaders are boasting their claims shamelessly whereas they are responsible for forcing the people of Jammu region to launch struggle for securing their just cause, after the betrayal by the party and the leaders whom they elected to protect their rights.
Announcing to further intensify the agitation in the coming days till the formal orders are not issued, the Senior Congress leaders said that if necessary orders are not issued till 25th of August, the Congress workers would moblise people to gherao the houses of ministers and legislators. It would further moblise lakhs of people to march to Delhi and organize a big dharna at Jantar Mantar Road to force the centre government to fulfill the commitment.