JAMMU, Mar 18: Pradesh Congress Committee senior leader and former Minister, Raman Bhalla today claimed that priority of previous BJP regime was not to empower people by strengthening democratic institutions but those at the helm of the affairs want to accomplish their nefarious designs by controlling such institutions through undemocratic means.
Terming the promises made by BJP Government as “mere bluffs”, Bhalla said that voters are fed up with the “sheer opportunism” of these two parties. Both the parties took the extreme positions on most of the emotional issues and exploited their respective constituencies to the hilt, with a false and deceptive promise to keep each other out of power, if voted in strength.
Addressing gathering in Ward-55 Kunjwani today, Bhalla said Congress by way of its pro-people policies is the only viable regional alternative for the people of the state. He said the previous Government has failed to do anything good for the people of state except strengthening the instrument of oppression to unleash terror on them. He regretted that the delivery on the promises during their tenure had been in opposite proportion to the expression of such high pitched slogans with not a single promise having been cashed in. “Hunger for power had taken toll of the opportunistic alliance, which was overtly and covertly working towards weakening the very idea of Jammu and Kashmir”, Bhalla said.
While referring to the controversies raked up by BJP, Bhalla said, “Inhuman atmosphere generated and mistrust created by bringing the people and the regions eyeball to eyeball situation over various sensitive issues. We decry the politics of hate and divide”, he said while cautioning the people against divisive politics being played by them which has already alienated Kashmir from the mainstream.
Bhalla claimed that BJP coalition only added to the woes of common man, BJP in particular in Jammu region as it was involved in every anti-Jammu decisions by Govt. ” BJP acted as dummy coalition partner in the Government as discrimination with Jammu province was being done at all ground either in recruitment, allotment of funds, development in tourist sector or overall development process,” he said and added that Congress is real representative of Jammu province.