MARH, Jan 12: Former minister and NPP chairman Harsh Dev Singh today said that the party which rose to power on the slogans of empowerment of Jammu and ‘Achhe Din’ winning 25 seats in the State Assembly and both seats of Parliament gave the shocker of their lifetimes to its electorates by its cowardly surrenders and compromises on almost all Jammu related issues during its 3½ years rule.
Addressing public meeting at Gho Manasan in Marh constituency today, Harsh Dev said that not only did the tall promises made in the Election manifesto by the BJP recede into the oblivion but Jammu region was pushed to terminal decline only to appease the Kashmir centric forces. He said that while our already negligible share in services and development declined to lowest level, the Dogra pride received the severest dents during the said rule. The nightmarish experiences of BJP rule will continue to haunt the people of Jammu for years, said Singh.
“The educated youth of Jammu who were assured of jobs and gainful employment were made to languish on the roads. Their share particularly in state level services reached an all time low. In several select lists issued by PSC and SSB the youth of Jammu region got hardly 4-5% share. The last few years witnessed these youth engaged in spree of protests outside recruitment agencies with none to even listen to their grievances. The leaders in whom they reposed their faith, abandoned them and took sides with their Kashmir based masters. The people of Jammu region had to resort to protest and demonstrations to get a few hundred posts of SPOs. And while the highly educated youth of Jammu region were ignored and given step motherly treatment, the BJP rule witnessed announcements of doles and schemes for stone-pelters and surrendered militants”, said Singh.
“What happened to tall slogans on Tawi Artificial Lake project which came to a grinding halt during BJP regime? What’s the progress on Mubarak Mandi Heritage project which appears to have been put in cold storage after BJP ascended to power? And what happened to BJP slogans of construction of flyovers, development of Jammu as Smart City, beautification of historical Raghunath Bazaar, launching of metro in Jammu city, promotion of tourism besides delimitation of Assembly constituencies, and so on, ” questioned Harsh Dev.