Apni Party holds convention; demands Statehood, elections

Apni Party leaders welcoming new entrants in the party during one-day convention at Udhampur on Friday.
Apni Party leaders welcoming new entrants in the party during one-day convention at Udhampur on Friday.

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, July 2: Apni Party today organised a one-day Party Workers Convention at Udhampur to discuss the current political situation while seeking restoration of Statehood to Jammu and Kashmir.
The one-day Party Workers Convention was organised by the District President, Udhampur, Hans Raj Dogra and Ex-MLA Chenani Faqir Nath. The convention was attended by the senior leaders of the party from Jammu and they had threadbare discussion on the present political situation.
“The people in J&K have suffered worse since August 2019 without an elected Government Development is going on with snail pace and the officers are not responsive to the grievances in many of the cases especially in rural and hilly areas,” said Provincial President, Jammu, and former Minister, Manjit Singh.
Singh was accompanied by Ex-MLA Faqir Nath, Apni Trade Union, President, Ajaz Kazmi, Provincial Secretary, Dr Rohit Gupta, State OBC Coordinator Madan Lal Chalotra and others.
On this occasion, a number of people, including retired BDO Sham Lal Sotra joined Apni Party. Prominent among those who joined Apni Party included Vijay Kumar Dogra, Des Raj, Shiv Ram, Ram Krishan, Raj Kumar, Parkash, Darshan Kumar Ritti, Sanjay Pandita, Vijay Thakur, and a number of youth.
Welcoming them into the party, Manjit Singh said that there is alienation among the people due to disconnect of the officers and hopelessness from the political parties who have ruled J&K but did nothing for the people.
“Further delaying Assembly elections, while waiting for a delimitation report, will not benefit J&K or the people. Therefore, the elections are a must to restore the elected Govt and win the confidence of the people who have lost their hope,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Ex-MLA Faqir Nath said that Udhampur is far behind with regard to development or promotion of tourism. “We do not have proper clean drinking water, health facilities and road connectivity in rural areas of the district,” said the Ex-MLA. He further said that the prestigious project like Devika is not pursued in a proper manner and the pace of work is very slow.
District President, Udhampur, Hans Raj Dogra, said that handing over of mining to the outsiders is an injustice with the local people who were already into this business. Ajaz Kazmi, Dr Rohit Gupta and Madan Lal Chalotra also spoke on the occasion.