BJP betrayed Jammu’s interests, downgraded Dogra State: Bukhari

Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari addressing party convention at Udhampur on Sunday.
Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari addressing party convention at Udhampur on Sunday.

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Excelsior Correspondent
UDHAMPUR, July 17: Apni Party president, Altaf Bukhari today alleged that BJP betrayed the interests of Jammu people and downgraded the historic Dogra State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a convention in Udhampur, organized by Provincial vice president and Incharge Udhampur district Faqir Nath (Ex-MLA) and District president, Hans Raj Dogra today, Bukhari appreciated the Apni Party leaders and workers for their dedication towards the redressal of the public issues. He expressed serious concern over the poor development, concerns about health care facilities, improper road infrastructure, issues of electricity and clean drinking water in Udhampur town and its villages as the administration mostly remains unresponsive to the public issues.
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Bukhari said Govt in J&K is working directly on the directions of BJP, but the problems of the general masses remain unsolved. Instead of working for public welfare, the bureaucracy behaves like they are the rulers while sitting in their AC rooms and avoiding addressing public issues.
“I warn these arrogant bureaucrats that they will be held accountable. They must remember that they are public servants and they must not disappoint the general masses of any region or district.”
“Apni Party represents the aspiration of the people from all the regions of J&K and ” we believe in inclusive development of all the sections of the society without any disparity,” he added.
He took on BJP while recalling how they befooled the people of Jammu on the name of discrimination as it charged the atmosphere creating divisions between the two regions.
“Similarly, Kashmir based traditional political parties took advantage of BJP’s divisive politics and accordingly charged situation against Jammu raking up issues of discrimination with Kashmir with an intention to help BJP in Jammu,” he said holding the traditional political parties responsible for creating divisions among the people who were interdependent socially and economically and the Darbar Move was one of the bonding force for all of them.
Bukhari said that after contesting elections against each other including BJP and others, these traditional political parties formed a coalition Govt. Gradually BJP stopped the Darbar Move practice which was started by Dogra Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872 and then abrogated special status and the statehood of J&K by downgrading it into two Union Territories and all these acts were against the interest of Jammu.
“The Darbar Move practice had increased trust among the two communities and both the Regions were more cordial as it also contributed to economic growth of Jammu as well as Kashmir,” he said.
Bukhari was accompanied by senior leaders Ghulam Hassan Mir, Dilawar Mir, Manjit Singh, Prem Lal, Nirmal Kotwal, Arun Chibber, Rohit Gupta, PD Uppal, Ajaz Kazmi and others.