JAMMU, May 19: Chairman, SOS International Rajiv Chuni today asked the Displaced Persons (DPs) from Pak occupied Kashmir to come out of the political slavery of the parties and get united for their own cause.
Addressing monthly meeting of the PoK DPs after a brief lull due to Parliamentary elections here today, Chuni referred to the issues confronting the community as well as long pending demands for permanent settlement of the PoK DPs. He drew attention towards the latest developments, particularly the ongoing Lok Sabha elections and insensitive attitude of the major political parties, including BJP and Congress, towards the plights of PoK DPs.
Chuni justified the decision taken by the community to field own candidate in the elections notwithstanding the financial and other constraints. “Whatever may be outcome of the results or number of votes polled in our support, the PoK DPs have established that the community will no more rely on these political parties, which have always ditched us,” he said.
Stressing that like dharna and protest demonstrations, contesting elections was now a part of the struggle of PoK DPs to highlight their issues vociferously, Chuni exhorted the community to be united and ready for the next Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, whatever time they held.
“We have to remain united and emerge as a vote bank for forcing these political parties to listen to our voice, which has remained unheard in the deaf ears of those at the helm of affairs since decades. We will no more rely on these parties but take direct course by fielding own candidates in Assembly elections,” he announced.
Reiterating that had these political parties taken care of the issues of PoK DPs, the community would have not been in despair even after decades since their forced migration from their homes and hearths, Chuni lashed out at BJP as well as Congress for turning a Nelson’s eye towards the grievances and plights of the displaced community.
Others, who spoke on the occasion, included Prof NN Sharma, VK Datta, Pramod Ghai, Tilak Raj Sethi, Bhai Ram Singh and Hans Raj.