JAMMU, Nov 28: Alleging unauthorized occupation of Government bungalows by the workers of BJP and its allied parties to the exclusion of all other political parties, scores of Panther activists led by Harsh Dev Singh, chairman JKNPP staged a protest outside the residence of Secretary Estates at Canal road, Jammu today.
While raising anti-BJP and anti-Estates Department slogans, the infuriated protesters sought immediate eviction of all unauthorized BJP and JKAP leaders from Government and Ministerial bungalows illegally occupied by them in collusion with corrupt officers of J&K. They torched the effigies of Estates Department and BJP for looting the tax payers’ money in connivance. The NPP workers sought immediate implementation of High Court orders on eviction of illegal occupants and recovery of penal rent from them as often parroted by the Government
Addressing the media, Harsh Dev said that it was shocking to note that BJP leaders who were not holding any position in Government and fell in common man’s category were occupying not only ‘Special Type’, ‘A-type’ Estates mansions but many of them were still living in Ministerial Bungalows. “While the opposition leaders including ex-Ministers and heads of recognized political parties were hounded out of Estates quarters’ years back through police force, the BJP and JKAP workers were allowed to retain the same,” he said.
He said that a reply received by him in response to RTI revealed that several BJP workers have been allotted Estates Bungalows which continue to be retained by them in violation of all norms and stipulated procedures. Not only the Estates Bungalows but the security vehicles and PSOs were also being allotted purely on political considerations, said Singh.
Seeking a high level probe preferably through CBI into the whole gamut of illegal allotments of Government bungalows, Singh called for punitive action against the officers who were acting more as BJP servants than public servants.