BJP can’t face Assembly elections in J&K: Bukhari

Senior Apni Party leaders at a public meeting at Mongri in Pancheri area of Udhampur on Sunday.
Senior Apni Party leaders at a public meeting at Mongri in Pancheri area of Udhampur on Sunday.

*Says Pancheri, Mongri facing neglect
Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, May 21: Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari today said that the Assembly elections in J&K are being delayed because the present UT administration has failed to do justice with the people of Jammu and Kashmir with regard to development, employment and other issues.
Bukhari was addressing worker’s meeting which was organized at Tehsil Mongri, in Udhampur. The meeting was organized by Sarpanch, Makhan Lal.
Amid growing public anguish against the UT administration being directly controlled by BJP from the Centre, Bukhari said that BJP does not want to face Assembly elections in J&K because of mis-governance. Therefore, the polls are apparently being delayed without justification.
He said that the infrastructural development, growing unemployment, unaddressed issues of educational and health sectors in Mongri and Panchari like other places in Jammu and Kashmir has given rise to anti-administration sentiments. As a result of lack of accountability of the officers on the ground in absence of an elected Govt, he said.
“The development is a distant dream for Mongri, Pancheri residents and all other remote and neglected villages in district Udhampur. The administration’s focus seems to develop Udhampur town but the villages lack basic amenities like supply of clean drinking water, electricity, health, and educational facilities,” he added.
The Apni Party if forms Govt will issue white papers with regard to development in every district to ensure equitable development. The Apni Party will work as per the wishes of the people, he claimed.
Bukhari said that he was shocked to see the bad condition of the road with no black-topping which shows how the Mongri tehsil had been ignored by its elected representatives for the last 72 years, and the people faced injustice from them.
He said that the water being supplied from the natural resources instead of ensuring clean drinking water to the people in Mongri and other villages in Udhampur and the condition of a hospital/health center here was not good which exposes the false claims made by the UT administration that they have revolutionized development in J&K.
He demanded a probe into sanctioned funds and its utilization in Mongri road which is still in bad shape.
Senior leader Ch Zulfkar Ali said that the division of Jammu and Kashmir and its downgrading into a Union Territory was unfortunate. The Dogra rich culture was undermined and our rights were compromised. He said that the people were forced to face underdevelopment, unemployment and many other issues which made them suffer for years together. He said that in order to end the public issues, the holding of early Assembly elections is must in J&K.
In their address, the retired lecturer Jai Parkash and Sarpanch, Yashpal Singh raised concern over corruption, under development and in orderly delay in establishment of Degree College at Panchari.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included District president Udhampur Hans Raj Dogra, senior leaders Dr Rohit Gupta, Raqeeq Ahmed Khan, Jagdev Singh, Kewal Krishan, Satpal Chalotra, Ajit Sharma, Vijay Sharma, Rajinder Singh (Kaka), Parveen Kundal and others.