JAMMU, Aug 1: Former minister and senior Congress leader, Raman Bhalla today asked BJP leadership to stop creating euphoria by raising non-issues and focus on development of the Jammu and Kashmir.
He was speaking at workers meeting at Gangyal under Gandhi Nagar constituency today. JKPCC chief spokesman Ravinder Sharma was also present on the occasion. The programme was organised by PCC Member, Satish Sharma.
Bhalla outlined multiple challenges that Jammu and Kashmir faces currently which require Government intervention and action. Jammu and Kashmir is going through a very critical time in many aspects and only actions, not words, can bring some relief. He stated that rising prices of important commodities is a burning issue but what is equally troubling, if not more, is the issue of law and order.
The recent drone attacks on Jammu, killings in Srinagar and other militancy related incidents are highly condemnable and raise serious concerns over the security systems and management by the Government. He said whenever any credible authentic democratic process will be held, the results will stamp the people’s choice for Congress”, he said.
He said a clear message has gone out that the next Government in Jammu and Kashmir will be formed by Congress. “In such a grim scenario, the role of Congress as a public movement, representing the urges and aspirations of Jammu, Kashmir becomes more pronounced,” Bhalla said and urged the cadre to “realize their crucial responsibilities.”
Result of DDC elections has unnerved all those who had written off the party because of their little political understanding and lack of connect with the people, he added. Bhalla said the elections to the grassroots level democratic institutions have also exposed the BJP’s fragility with its top leaders rejected by the electorate in their home turf. Such is the credibility deficit in the party that its leaders had sought votes, even for Panchayats and DDCs, in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as their individual performances have been dismal.
Bhalla advised the BJP not to hide its non-performance and failures in J&K by raking national and international issues which have nothing to do with the development. He asked BJP to stop rhetoric and focus on development and employment in marginalized Jammu and Kashmir. “BJP is creating a lot of euphoria by raising noise over non-issues instead of addressing the accumulated problems of the people”, Bhalla added.