kathua, Sept 16: While the issue of Jammu’s neglect and deprivation was being raised by almost all political and social organizations of the region, yet the much needed initiative to evolve a solution or to fight the bias is conspicuously missing.
This was stated by JKNPP Chairman and Former Minister, Harsh Dev Singh while addressing a public gathering in Hiranagar today along with Yash Paul Kundal, J&K President of Young Panthers.
Singh claimed that it was JKNPP alone which had repeatedly brought in public domain and aggressively agitated against the most contemptuous and ugly episodes of bias doled out to Jammu region by the successive Governments.
“With Jammu made to reconcile with its second class citizen status by various Governments more particularly the saffrons, JKNPP stood fully vindicated that statehood for Jammu was the only and ultimate solution for all ills afflicting the highly deprived region,” he maintained.
Pointing towards the bias perpetuated against Jammu even after the abrogation of Article 370 and conversion of the State into UT, Singh said, people of Jammu region had to eat a humble pie time and again.
He said that Jammu continued to bleed as much after its reorganization as it did during the erstwhile BJP-PDP rule.
Harsh Dev said, the opposition to the demand of CBI probe by BJP partnered Government had shocked Jammu people, whose sole objective in seeking transfer of investigations was to unveil the truth and to punish the real culprits behind the heinous offence.
“For how long shall the people of Jammu continue to be governed and suppressed by successive Governments’ hostile decisions based on the dictates of Kashmir centric forces and other separatist forces,” he asked.
Singh also flayed BJP for failing to get a holiday declared on 23rd September on Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday and doing nothing on the issues of deportation of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis.
He further said that the BJP-PDP combine had withdrawn cases against 11,000 stone-pelters but those booked during Amarnath Land row are still being victimized.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Robin Sharma, Surinder Chouhan, Sohan Singh, Yash Paul Sharma, Purshotam Sharma, Satish Sharma, Ganesh Sharma, Kala Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Balbir Singh, Anil Pandit, Jagdish Chander and others.