Cong losing faith of SCs, STs, OBCs: Balbir

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 1: Making a fervent appeal to the members of SC, ST, OBC categories not to get misled by the false and fabricated statement of Congress leaders in particular, Jammu and Kashmir BJP spokesperson, Balbir Ram Rattan, said that this party remained in power for decades at the Centre and in the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir but did nothing for the betterment and upliftment of the weaker sections.
During its tenures in Government, the Congress only exploited and treated the SCs and other sections for vote bank politics, Balbir said in a statement issued here, today.
Balbir, who was addressing the meeting of the office bearers of SC Morcha at party headquarter, said that the allegation by Jammu & Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president, G.M. Mir that ‘SC,ST and OBCs were most exploited due to the wrong policies of the BJP Government’ are indicative of the frustration among Congress leadership due to the fact that more and more people belonging to these categories are joining BJP in large numbers, thus bringing down the popularity of Congress for its policies which only harmed the interests of SCs, STs and OBCs. He termed the statement of PCC chief totally misleading.
Balbir questioned Congress to explain as to why reservation to SCs was not implemented in J&K for more than 20 years after the adoption of the Constitution. He said that it is BJP which gave political reservation to the STs which have enabled them to be elected in VDCs and DDCs. BJP also implemented Forest Land Act, under which the local STs will have all those rights enjoyed by their community in other parts of the country.
Again, it is the BJP which provided 27 per cent reservation to OBC students in Kendriya Vidayalaya, Navodya Vidayala and Sainik School in J&K. It also gave All India Level reservation in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
BJP SC Morcha secretaries, Dev Raj Bhagat and Shakti Kumar, IT & Social Media in charge, Adarsh Jathiar, publicity secretary and Flora-Nagabani Sarpanch, Vandana Thappa and office secretary, Asha Bharti were present in the meeting.