BJP will form next Govt in J&K: Rana

BJP leader Devender Singh Rana inaugurating Lifestyle Trade Fair at Gandhi Nagar.
BJP leader Devender Singh Rana inaugurating Lifestyle Trade Fair at Gandhi Nagar.

“Jammu province will be equitably empowered”
Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 11: Exuding confidence that the BJP will form the next government in Jammu and Kashmir, senior leader and former legislator Devender Singh Rana on Saturday said all regions, irrespective of religion or caste shall get a fair deal in development and jobs with no region having hegemony over the other.
“With a sense of confidence, I am telling you that the BJP will form the Government in J&K on its own”, Rana told reporters at the sidelines of the inaugural function of the trade fair in Gole Market Gandhi Nagar here.
When asked ab0ut the apprehensions being expressed by the Congress on fairness of elections and chances of rigging, Rana quipped, ‘they are used to crying foul when any party other than the Congress wins. Such so-called apprehensions also speak about their shaking legs due to the irrelevance of the Congress’.
The BJP leader declined to react over the recent utterances of the National Conference, saying he will not comment on Dr Farooq Abdullah for the reason that he has worked with him for over two decades. However, he said that the people should not get peeved when any voice comes from Jammu.
He said every segment of the society and all the regions have a right to get politically empowered. Governance in Jammu and Kashmir is not entitlement of anyone. In democracy, it is the people who exercise their right to choose those who they want to be governed by. He expressed surprise over irritation among some when Jammu raises its legitimate voice.
Without naming any party, he said they keep raising the issues of their region on a daily basis as a matter of right but get perturbed when anyone speaks for Jammu. By referring to Jammu, he said, he means the entire province, the abode of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs, who all have equal right to govern and shape their political destination and if a voice emerges from pluralistic Jammu region for an inclusive J&K why should it rattle people.
Rana said that the Jammu region will not be discriminated against anymore. He said every region and sub-region will get equal share in development and progress. Nobody should nurture the sense of deprivation and denial.
On a question about the legacy of Pandit Prem Nath Dogra, the BJP leader said the people will tread the path chartered by him. He said Jammu has great contributions in expansion of the Jammu and Kashmir state and referred to the heroic contribution of General Zorawar Singh, Brigadier Khuda Baksh and the other warriors.
Earlier, while inaugurating Lifestyle Trade Fair at Gole Market Gandhi Nagar here, Devender Rana said that trade fairs open up new avenues and vistas of opportunities to entrepreneurs to show-case their produce and to build a bonding with prospective customers.
The trade fair has been organised by Messers Sharma Brothers and the brain behind the event is Arun Sharma.