JAMMU, Nov 4: Congress, J&K High Court Bar Association Jammu, Dogra Sadar Sabha, All Jammu Civil Society Forum and Dogra Brahman Prathinidhi Sabha today extended full support to the bandh call given by different organizations for November 6.
“Congress supports the bandh call by different organizations on the opening day of darbar here on Monday over the total failure of the PDP-BJP on all fronts and to fulfill the genuine issues of people”, chief spokesperson of Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee Ravinder Sharma said.
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“The Congress party has been raising these issues from time to time but Government has totally failed to respect the aspirations and fulfill the genuine demands”, he added.
J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu has also extended full support to the Jammu bandh call given by various civil society groups particularly Chamber of Traders Federation, transporters and Jammu Province People’s Forum.
“The bar is committed to defending and promoting the cause of the neglected people of Jammu province as such we have decided to suspend work on November 6 in the High Court and subordinate courts”, said president of J&K High Court Bar Association Jammu Senior Advocate B S Slathia while making an appeal to all the sister bar associations in Jammu province to support the cause and suspend the work in the courts on that day.
“We fully support the demand raised by Chamber of Traders Federation for abolition of toll post at Lakhanpur and put an end to the discrimination with the transporters of Jammu”, he said, adding “Jammu province has suffered neglect on an unprecedented scale during the past 70 years and the time has finally come for all, irrespective of their political and religious affiliation, to come forward and launch a united struggle against the anti-Jammu policies of the Governments in the State and at the Centre”.
The Vice President of the Association Sachin Gupta said, “the demographic change which Jammu province is witnessing for quite some time now is yet another issue that has upset the people”, adding “thousands of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis have been settled in and around Jammu and Samba districts thereby threatening the soul and identify of the people of Jammu province”.
The core groups of the Dogra Sadar Sabha (DSS) and All Jammu Civil Society Forum (AJCSF) took serious view of Govt apathy towards the burning issues of Jammu region and supported the genuine demands raised by some Jammu based organizations.
In an emergent meeting here today, these two bodies considering the bandh call given by certain organizations for November 6, when the J&K Government Secretariat is scheduled to reopen in the winter capital, decided to support the genuine demands of the people from Jammu region. The meeting held under the leadership of vice president of DSS Col Karan Singh took a serious view of the persistent apathy and discrimination by the ruling alliance towards Jammu region. The members took note of the recent acts of the Government where the aspirations of Jammu region have been ignored and fell on deaf ears. Col Singh said that “the demands are genuine, and it is for the Jammu based leaders to rise to the occasion and prove themselves”.
The request for discontinuation of barricading the road in front of secretariat has not been ordered so far, thus causing continued harassment and suppression to the bereaved families carrying their dead for cremation, as also to women, children, the sick and the old as well as the porters needing to use the road on daily basis. It is an act of suppression and dividing the historical Jammu city in two parts.
The continued levy of toll tax at Lakhanpur has no justification at all after accepting the GST. It is deliberate harassment and financial hardship aimed at agonizing the hapless population and a punishment for them for electing such representatives who fail to voice for the people who have voted them to power, said members from the traders community.
Col Virender Sahi, Gambhir Dev Singh Charak, Dr N K Dogra, G A KHawaja, Maj Gen G S Jamwal, P S Gupta, Ravi Singh Slathia and others were also present in the meeting.
Dogra Brahman Pratinidhi Sabha has also extended its support to the proposed Jammu Bandh on the call of Chamber of Traders Federation against continuation of Toll Tax by the State Government.
A unanimous decision in this regard was taken during a meeting of the Brahman Sabha, under the chairmanship of president Ved Parkash Sharma.