JAMMU, Feb 14: Accusing BJP of making vague statements over the issue of illegal settlement of foreign nationals in Jammu including Rohingyas and Bangladeshis, NPP chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh described the same as yet another attempt of the Saffron brigade to hoodwink the people of Jammu region.
In a press statement here Harsh Dev said that while the Dogras were seething with rage against the illegal settlement of foreign nationals, with a design, in and around Jammu, the BJP leaders were making ludicrous demands and abstruse and incongruous statements in a vain bid to mislead the public.
Referring to the statement of Dr Jitendra Singh seeking investigation into the antecedents of these foreign nationals, Singh wanted to know as to whom “Union MOS in PMO” was addressing, this being his third such statement on Rohingyas and Bangladeshis. And what was required to be investigated further when it was stated in last session of Assembly that they were foreign nationals with 17 FIRs against them and 38 cases for illegal border crossing? Asserted Singh.
He said that occupying prominent position in the highest office of the country, Dr Singh was supposed to take decisions rather than making demands adding further that the policy of “hunting with the hound and running with the hare” shall prove disastrous for the BJP. He said that power hungry leaders seemed to have hypnotized themselves into believing that the people of Jammu were naive and that anything could be dished out to them.
Balwant Singh Mankotia and Yash Paul Kundal called for strict vigil in the implementation of MG-NREGA schemes cautioning the concerned officers to refrain from unfair conduct. They called for observance of proper procedure in the ongoing delimitation of Panchayats and said that any violation thereof would not be allowed to go unpunished.
The JKNPP paid rich tributes to the four officers of J&K Bank who lost their lives in a tragic accident at Kathua yesterday.
Prominent among those who were present in the meeting included Rajesh Padgotra, Gagan Partap, Vilakshan Singh, Gorkha, Paramjit Marshal, Khajoor Singh, Sukhdev Singh and others.