NPP protests, says BJP making mockery of West Pak refugees

NPP leaders and activists staging protest near Press Club in Jammu on Saturday.
NPP leaders and activists staging protest near Press Club in Jammu on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 24: Strongly condemning the surrender of Coalition Govt over the issue of Domicile Certificates to the West Pakistan Refugees, National Panthers Party activists led by party chairman Harshdev Singh staged a protest demonstration against the Government seeking State Subject rights for the WPRs at Exhibition Ground near Press Club here today.
The angry protesters were raising anti-government slogans and also burnt the effigy of the BJP for succumbing to the dictates of secessionist forces of Kashmir. The workers also raised slogans against the Modi Govt at Delhi and the Jammu ministers for their total surrender.
While addressing the media on the occasion,  Harshdev Singh regretted that  the people who voluntarily fled to Pakistan from the State in 1947 had been granted citizen rights there but the refugees of West Pakistan who had taken the shelter in J&K and chose India as against Pakistan have been left in lurch for the last about 70 years. He said that the plight and miseries of the refugees are clearly visible as they have not been granted PRCs, employment and other benefits at par with the other citizens of the State despite more than six decade stay in the State.
Accusing the unholy alliance for making contemptuous mockery of WPRs, he revealed that nearly 1.5 lakh refugees mainly Hindus and Sikhs with majority of them being SCs were once again ignored and treated like mere expendables who otherwise expected justice from the BJP partnered Coalition Government in terms of State Subject rights along with financial package as promised to them ahead of Lok Sabha elections.
Lambasting the BJP-PDP combine for taking U-turn following the voices of opposition from the Kashmiri separatists over the issue,  Harshdev divulged that the State Government’s  obnoxious clarification to substitute Domicile Certificates by Identity Certificates for WPRs had raised eyebrows over the scornful silence of the BJP. He said that it was quite evident that the secessionists were ruling the roost as they had once again held the dispensation by collar and made it to kneel down before their blackmailing dictates.

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