KATHUA, July 4: Senior Congress leader and Member J&K Legislative Council, Thakur Balbir Singh today alleged that BJP was harping on revocation of Article 370 and 35-A just to exploit people and grab vote bank in the next Assembly elections.
Addressing party workers’ meeting at Kathua today, the Congress MLC said that BJP leadership already stood exposed on the construction of Shri Ram temple issue at Ayodhya. It won elections during Atal Behari Vajpayee regime on this plank but that slogan proved hollow. They exploited the religious sentiments of the people but later people of the country felt themselves as cheated by BJP leadership.
Now again, the BJP leadership before Assembly elections have started chanting slogan of revocation of Art 370 and 35-A. They know that they will not be able to do it. But even then they have started raising the bogey, just for the public consumption and generating heat among the masses. It seems to be political strategy of the BJP to grab vote bank on this plank and befool public again.
The Congress MLC said the people are wise enough and will give befitting reply to the BJP leadership in Jammu region which already stood exposed due to its failures and non-performance recently. He said Jammu people faced worst ever discrimination under BJP and they will show this party its place in Jammu region in next elections.
Balbir Singh further alleged that entire Kandi belt of district Kathua including district headquarter, was facing sever water and power crisis. The water sources have gone dry and the PHE authorities have failed to provide water through tankers in many affected areas. The long power curtailment in Billawar, Basohli, Bani, Dinga Amb, Hiranagar and Kathua area has made the life of people miserable.
The MLC appealed to the Governor’s Administration to provide essential services to the people and hold Public Darbars at Basohli, Billawar, Bani, Hiranagar and Kathua areas extensively to attend public grievances.
Ex-MLA Girdhari Lal Chalotra, senior leaders Karan Singh, Kewal Singh, S. Jagbir Singh, Brij Lal and Jeevan Singh also spoke on the occasion.