Visit of 40 Ministers a mere publicity stunt: Harshdev

Harshdev Singh addressing a press conference at Jammu on Saturday.
Harshdev Singh addressing a press conference at Jammu on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 18: Referring to the proposed visit of 40 Union Ministers to the UT of J&K all during the next seven days, Chairman JKNPP & former Minister, Harshdev Singh questioned as to how such collective march of Central Ministers was likely to benefit the people of the newly created UT. He alleged that the macabre drama appeared to have been conceptualized as a political fire cracker ahead of the elections by the BJP to whip up hysteria in its favour.
“It’s the last roll of the dice by saffron party ahead of elections. Having failed to live up to the expectations of the people of erstwhile State, the Government is resorting to gimmicks and ministerial shows which would meet the same fate as its earlier drama of “Back to Village” programme. It’s a publicity stunt, a pressure tactics, a holy hypocrisy and a survival mantra in the face of fast dissipating credibility of the BJP. The BJP wants to bring almost half of the Central ministers to disseminate its political philosophy at the cost of public exchequer without analyzing the financial fallouts of such gigantic rollercoaster exercise upon a cash starved UT like J&K,” he said while addressing a press conference, here today.

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Mr. Singh said that people of J&K could no longer be seduced by pomp and show of such ministerial functions. “No gimmickry could now beguile them. They were fast realizing that J&K was being used as electoral trump card by saffron party to brighten its prospects in elections across the country. Slogans like Article 370 were being used to promote the party in other parts of the country without addressing the genuine concerns of the people of J&K post Reorganization,” he said and added that the Centre had failed to come up with a law on domicile so as to protect the jobs and lands of locals while the internet services continued to be blocked despite categoric directives of the Supreme Court to review the gag order.
The NPP leader said that rather than visiting the UT to fulfill their urge for photogenic teleshoots, the BJP leadership might as well restore the civil liberties and other democratic rights of the people of J&K who are bearing the brunt of a dictatorial, authoritarian regime.