NPP stages protest dharna at ‘Jantar-Mantar’

Excelsior Correspondent
New Delhi, Nov 8: The leaders and activists of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (NPP) staged strong protest demonstration and dharna at Jantar-Mantar in the Union capital here today.
Taking serious note of the Prime Minister Modi’s address in Kashmir which blatantly ignored the aspirations of the people of Jammu region, the NPP activists spearheaded by Harshdev Singh, chairman of NPP and Yashpal Kundal State president Young Panthers organised this protest programme.
While addressing the gathering, Harshdev Singh recalled that the BJP took a complete U-turn from its pre-poll promises doled out to the electorates of Jammu region. He said that now when the people had pinned high hopes on Mr Modi, it is very unfortunate that the contents of PM’s address only favoured the interests of Kashmir and proved to be a damp squib for the people of Jammu region. Mr Singh maintained that the entire focus of the Prime Minister’s speech revolved around Kashmir.
Wondering on the silence of Mr Modi with regard to the establishment of the previously sanctioned AIIMS in the region and a Smart City for Jammu, NPP leader lamented that it had corroborated the bitter fact that BJP had divested Jammu of these urban projects only to play a second fiddle in the government by appeasing their Kashmiri compeers to keep the sinister alliance intact and alive. He took a dig on Mr Modi for turning a blind eye over the discrimination against Jammu region on the subject of delimitation of Assembly constituencies despite the same having been included in BJP’s vision document.
Expressing shock over PM failing to redress the grievances of West Pak and PoJK refugees of 1947, Harshdev disclosed that lakhs of uprooted souls from PoJK who had been living as refugees in Jammu region desperately expected Mr Modi to announce one time comprehensive settlement package. West Pak refugees had also been demanding conferment of State Subject rights eagerly but they were also left dejected.
Pominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Y P Kundal, Rajiv Jolly Khosla, Arun Khajuria, Rajeshwar Singh, Surjit Singh Guleria and others.

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