J&K people feel disempowered in absence of elected Govt: Bukhari

Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari addressing large public rally at Kotranka in district Rajouri on Monday.
Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari addressing large public rally at Kotranka in district Rajouri on Monday.

Gopal Sharma
RAJOURI, Dec 13: Apni Party president, Syed Mohd Altaf Bukhari today demanded restoration of Statehood before Assembly polls in J&K as people are feeling disempowered in the absence of an elected Government.
Addressing a large public rally at Kotranka in Rajouri district today, Bukhari said, “ We want to assure the people of J&K that the Apni Party will not allow any kind of injustice with them. The fear among the people about the change of their status, apprehensions about demographic change will not be allowed to happen,” he said.

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Bukhari claimed that to protect the Constitutional rights of the people of J&K, the Apni Party came into being.
“We believe that the people’s rights should be protected Constitutionally in J&K and until the decision from the Supreme Court on special status comes, we consider the promises made with us by the Govt of India as temporary relief for the people of J&K, ”Bukhari added.
“We also met the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister and got a promise from them that no demographic change will happen in J&K. We got the protection of jobs and agricultural land in J&K,” Bukhari said.
“Apni Party will always continue to raise genuine demands of the people and work for the upliftment of their standard of life, irrespective of regional discrimination,” he said.
“We believe in unity of two regions and among the communities. Our efforts for equal development of J&K’s people will continue.”Bukhari added.
He said that the people have become disempowered after the snatching of Statehood of J&K and it should be restored as early as possible before elections.
“We will try that the Statehood is restored soon and elections are held for the empowerment of the people so that people elect their Govt,” he added.
Bukhari questioned the Government claims about providing employment. “The unemployment rate in J&K is more in comparison to other Union Territories or States. Therefore, it is imperative for the Government to focus on providing employment to the educated youth in J&K particularly in view of vacant 45000, Government posts,” he said.
Apni Party leader demanded that all the vacant posts must be fulfilled on fast track basis and the Government should conduct special recruitment drives in the hilly areas in J&K Police, CRPF, BSF, Indian Army and other paramilitary forces.
Speaking on the occasion, senior vice president Ghulam Hassan Mir said that the Apni Party has gained strength at the ground level with its hard work among the people.
He said that Statehood should be restored before the holding of Assembly polls in J&K. There is a feeling of hopelessness and alienation among the people because of the failure of the administration in addressing long pending developmental issues.
Party vice president, Ch Zulfikar Ali extended gratitude to the people for expressing their faith in Apni Party and participation in huge number.
“The people are disappointed with the administration as no one is listening to them. The developmental works which were initiated by previous Governments are still pending,” he said and added that the degree college which was sanctioned for Kotranka was yet to be constructed.
“There has been no development in last three and half years. The claims of development are false as not even a new single school has been opened nor any public toilet,” he said while narrating the hollow claims of the Government with regard to development.
He said that Kotranka – Khawas road, Anas Irrigation Project, Eco- tourism park and many other projects are still unfinished in the last three and half years.
“The administration is doing nothing for the public welfare. The development is nowhere and people are fed-up with the system and therefore, the elected Government should replace the present dispersion as they are responsible for the people,” he asserted.
“There is no recruitment in the Army, police or for school teachers. The people see a ray of hope in the Apni Party as a political party which raised the voice for the people,” he said.
The rally was also addressed by general secretaries- Syed Asgar Ali and Vikram Malhotra, Provincial president, Jammu, Manjit Singh and others.
Prominent among those who attended the public rally included- District president Rajouri Syed Manzoor Hussain Shah, District president Women Wing Rajouri Shamim Begum, senior leaders Raja Munshi Alam Din, Fazal Chowhan, Ch Mir Hussain, Th Balwant Singh, Sofi Alam Din, Khalil Lone, Raja Aslam, Talib Kalothra, Th Surjeet Singh, Iqbal Khoker, Anwar Shah, Alam Hussain, Shabir Choudhary, Arif Rather, Mushtaq Afridi, Wazir Singh, Soba Singh, Imatiaz Choudhary and others.