BJP sowing seeds of discord: Rana


Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 17: “BJP is sowing the seeds of discord in the State for their own political ends without realizing the ramifications and the impact that it is going to have on Jammu and Kashmir and its integrity,” said Devender Singh Rana, Political Advisor to the Chief Minister while addressing a public meeting at Manwal here today.
“BJP is a divisive political force which is joining hands with other divisive and separatist elements to make a political conglomerate which will be an unholy alliance leading to political instability in the State,” he said.
However, Rana said that such an alliance is welcome to face the next Assembly elections together with the BJP because he has no doubt in his mind that the secular people of Jammu and Kashmir will reject them and teach them a lesson at the hustings.
He said that BJP in the State is a rudderless ship with a confused leadership whose cadre is disgruntled, disillusioned and disheartened with the conduct of its leaders and is desperately looking for a political space outside the BJP because they see no future for the BJP in the state as also no future for themselves within the BJP.
Castigating those political forces who are trying to hoodwink the people of the State by a misinformation campaign regarding the performance of the Omar Abdullah Government, Rana said “Omar Abdullah Government has taken many historic steps and many a milestones have been achieved which were hitherto only existing as hollow promises.”
Rana said that Omar Abdullah led Coalition Government during the last three and a half years took upon itself the challenge to rebuild the institutions and put systems and processes of governance in place. “The revival of the State Accountability Commission, the enactment of RTI Act and setting up of RTI Commission, the enactment of the Public Service Guarantees Act, the setting up of the State Vigilance Commission are great historic initiatives in that direction”, he said.
The Political Advisor said elections to the Panchayats was the greatest milestone and was a great initiative to empower the people at the grass root level after almost three decades.
“The powers have been devolved to the Panchayats and after the second and the third tier comes into place which will be happening soon the State’s Panchyati Raj system will be the most robust system in the country”, Rana said.
Those who were present on the occasion included Rameshwar Dutt, Som Nath Khajuria, Sham Lal, Bharat Singh Sarpanch, Joginder Lal Sarpanch, Mohan Lal Sarpanch, Shiv Ram, Kapoor Singh Numbardar, Rajinder Saini, Bashir Ahmed, Kuldeep Raj, Balwan Singh,Capt. Kashmir Singh, Kamla Badyal, Rajiv Singh, Tilak Raj, Pritam Singh, Parveen Singh, Amjad Beg, Ramesh Lal, Hans Raj and others.


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