JAMMU, Dec 30: Provincial president of National Conference, Devender Singh Rana (MLA) today lashed out at BJP, alleging that it came to power in coalition with equally opportunistic PDP on false promises and assurances but now their lies stand exposed.
“BJP raised Jammu’s expectations to crescendo by playing politics of exploitation but at end of the day, the people realized its hollowness, opportunism and self-goals”, Rana said while winding up his two-day tour of the Nagrota Assembly Constituency.
Launching scathing attack on BJP, Rana said Jammu has a reason to ask elected BJP representatives to showcase their achievements in the past three years. The people would like to know the corrective measures the BJP representatives took to end their much trumpeted slogan of discrimination. In fact, he said, the region is feeling hugely neglected in every sphere—be it employment, development and other spheres of economic activity. He said the BJP has trampled peoples’ trust and their mandate, as it has proved that other than satiating personal aspirations and ambitions of a chosen few, it can’t deliver, which is why Jammu is feeling politically and emotionally let down.
The NC legislator also raised the recent issue of National Green Tribunal directions on the conduct of Shri Amarnathji and Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji’s yatras and questioned the BJP’s silence, asking had it been in the opposition the scenario would have been quite different. He mocked at the BJP’s duplicity in finding ‘religion in danger’ while in the opposition and behaving like ostrich when in power.
Rana said naivety of the BJP in governance has taken toll of institutions, which stand weakened due to lack of political direction. The coalition partners are working at cross purposes with Jammuites finding themselves at the receiving end, as their chosen representatives don’t see anything beyond self. He said the political mood in the region is quite explosive that may erupt in a volcano if the public interest is taken for granted.
Referring to ensuing Panchayat elections, the NC Provincial chief lamented that instead of empowering people at grass roots level, the coalition dispensation has muzzled democratic spirit by amending the time-tested Panchayati Raj Act to thrust Sarpanchs. This is a vicious game-plan aimed at weakening the third tier of democracy.