Jammu, Oct 18: “With the baggage of mistrust carried by BJP having become murkier and cumbersome, the people of Jammu were impatiently waiting for the early announcement of Assembly Polls in J&K to reply those who betrayed their collective sentiments. Those who were swayed by the grandiloquent promises and seductive slogans had seen through the real face of the saffron party and were desperately waiting to teach their mandated leaders a life time lesson. Not only were the people of the region cheated by the BJP over the false promises made by it but were extremely antagonized over the complete disregard for their honour and pride which the dogras valued more than their lives. The people of Jammu had got the shocker of their lifetimes by the most pusillanimous conduct of BJP and the cowardly posturing of its leaders in Assembly and outside”. This was stated by Mr. Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and Former Minister today. He was addressing huge public meeting at Paloura in Raipur Domana constituency organized by Mr. Ravind Raina, Vice President District Jammu unit of Panthers Party today.
Accusing the BJP of having made unwholesome compromises by it for power sake during coalition rule, Mr. Singh said that Jammu’s deprivation regretfully continued even post Art 370 abrogation thereby belying the tall claims of the central and state leadership of the saffron party. “Leave aside the slogan of equitable development of Jammu region, the self praising leaders of BJP could not even get the collective demand of Jammu for holiday on Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday fulfilled causing the greatest disappointment amongst their own electorates. The dogra pride received multiple dents under the coalition rule which would continue to haunt the people of Jammu for years. “Is there anything more valuable than self pride? And is there anything ghastlier then insult to our honour?” roared Harsh. “While FIRs were lodged against Army and CRPF and amnesty granted to anti nationals and stone-pelters, the BJP and its Cheer leaders remained conspicuously silent and tight lipped with Jammu related issues having been consigned to dustbin merely to remain glued to power. Where were they who swore by the sovereignty and nationalism at the drop of hat and nailed anyone and everyone for not doing enough for the security forces and for nationalist people. The so called champions made one surrender after the other under the smoke screen of national interest during their 3 ½ year rule and even during the present central rule in J&K”, said Harsh.
Pointing towards the lengthy list of surrenders made by State BJP on nationalist issues, Mr. Singh said that its leaders in J&K had caused the greatest disappointment to their own supporters as well by abandoning its age old principles. He said that several other obnoxious overtures of saffron flavoured govt in J&K included abandonment of Sainik Colony project in Kashmir in view of the Ex-servicemen symbolizing Indian nationalism, shelving of separate KP Township project in Kashmir on the dictates of separatists, re-naming of Hari Parbat as Kohi-e-maran, Bahu-Fort as Shahbad, introduction of Kashmiri language as a subject in Jammu Colleges, refusal to grant dogra certificate, division of Jammu region into Pir-Panjal and Chenab Valley region as indicated in AOA, compensation to NOKs of stone-pelters and militants, refusal to grant ex-gratia to soldiers martyred while fighting militancy in the state, dilly dally over eviction of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis illegally settled in Jammu, allocation of all 10,000 posts of SPOs sanctioned by Union Govt in favour of Kashmir besides utter discrimination against Jammu youth in the matter of appointments to govt Jobs. It’s latest surrenders include the cancellation of J&K Bank selection list in view of Jammu region getting a higher share in the said selections besides doling out the most discriminatory treatment ever in the Fire Services selections to Jammu youth.
With state BJP’s having lost its credibility in Jammu region, it was NPP alone which could fill the void and provide an alternative to the people of Jammu region said Mr. Singh. “Give us a chance and we shall prove as true soldiers of Jammu” said Harsh adding that restoring the dogra pride and honour is the most sacrosanct pledge of Panthers Party.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Mrs. Manju Singh, Gagan Pratap, Mrs. Anita Choudhary, Parshotam Parihar, Surinder Chouhan, Joginder Singh, Satvir Singh, Mr. Ravind Raina Presented the vote of thanks.