BJP must ensure incorporation of its poll promises in CMP: Harsh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 2: Chairman of National Panthers Party and former Minister Harshdev Singh has questioned the BJP over the criminal silence maintained by it with regard to the components of the proposed Common Minimum Programme (CMP) being finalized by it with the PDP for the formation of a coalition Government  in the State.
In a press statement issued  Mr Singh said  BJP had made several commitments in its ‘Vision Document’ released at the time of Assembly elections on the strength of which the people of Jammu region gave it a massive mandate. He said  it was good that the BJP was exploring ways and means for formulation of the much awaited Govt in the State but the pertinent question was at what cost.
Mr  Singh said that while the PDP had clarified its stand in the media that it would not compromise on the issue of full six year term as CM; freezing of Art 370, phase wise revocation of AFSPA, return of power projects to State, reconciliation dialogue, cross LoC Trade etc., the BJP had ,on the contrary, chosen to keep mum on the issues which had been prominently highlighted by it in its ‘Vision Document’ besides having made haughty claims of their early settlement after elections.
Making a particular mention of some of the main highlights of the BJP’s vision document, the NPP leader said that the BJP had categorically stated in the said document to grant state subject rights to West Pak refugees. He said that the BJP’s vision document categorically assured to grant WPR’s the “right to vote in Assembly and local bodies”, “right to immovable property”, “right to higher and technical education”, and “right to State Govt  jobs”. He said that vision document further assured to “abolish the Custodian Department and allot the evacuee property to the occupants of the said properties”. He said that the vision document further contained categorical assurances to “reserve five seats for PoJK refugees out of 24 seats left vacant in the Assembly for PoJK and three for displaced Kashmiris  out of 46 seats earmarked for Kashmir valley”.
He said that while there was no harm in forging an alliance with any State political party, the electorates must be taken on board and  their mandate respected by fulfilling the promises on the basis of which they had exercised their right of franchise. He said that people of Jammu region who had given their overwhelming support in favour of the issues and promises held out by the BJP wanted to know the fate of negotiations on the said subjects.

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