JKNPP stages protest for restoration of AIIMS to Jammu

Excelsior Correspondent

JKNPP leaders and activists during a sit-in protest outside Press Club, Jammu on Wednesday.
JKNPP leaders and activists during a sit-in protest outside Press Club, Jammu on Wednesday.

JAMMU, Apr 15: J&K National Panthers Party (JKNPP) today holds a sit-in protest demonstration for the restoration of AIIMS to Jammu at all costs, here outside Press Club.
JKNPP chairman Harshdev Singh appealed all the sections of the society of Jammu region to join the movement to retrieve the premier health institute.
Chastising the BJP for its craven surrender on Rs 1600 crore AIIMS project to Kashmir, hundreds of Panthers Party activists led by Harshdev Singh, chairman, JKNPP, Balwant Singh Mankotia, State party president and Yashpal Kundal, State president, Young Panthers, along with several other leaders staged a vigorous one day sit-in protest demonstration, outside Press Club.
While addressing the media persons, Harshdev Singh lamented that the current Budget session shall be remembered for total neglect and deprivation of Jammu region by the BJP and castigated the Saffron Party for its pusillanimous surrender on the issue of AIIMS in particular which was actually announced for Jammu region.
Harshdev maintained that it was only in Union Budget session of 2015 that the said most coveted project was announced for Jammu which however was clandestinely conceded to Kashmir by the Saffron Party for the crumbs of power and lollypops of ministerial berths for its leaders in the PDP led Government.
Balwant Singh Mankotia deplored that not a single BJP MLA raised his voice against this highly treacherous bargain during the three week long session of the State Assembly despite the fact that the said premier health institute was proposed for Jammu region in the Union Budget session.
Mankotia further deplored the BJP for its failure to rake up the issue of continuous discrimination against Jammu region and for equitable allocation of funds in various sectors including Health, Power, Tourism, R&B, Education etc besides equality in employment opportunities.
Yashpal Kundal while condemning the Saffron Party for complete surrender on AIIMS issue, said that the BJP has not only sacrificed its age old ideology and solemn pledges but indulged in the most deceptive and obnoxious deal by bartering away the interests and aspirations of Jammu region.
He made a fervent appeal to the people, youth, intellectuals and various other political and social organizations to join the crusade so that Jammu region is not robbed of this highly prestigious project and the pristine glory of the Dogras is retained at all costs.

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