Jammu, Oct, 11
Urging upon the people to vote and support Panthers Party in ULB elections, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and Former Minister today said that it was high time that dogras identified and acknowledged the services of those who were truly championing the cause of Jammu. He said that neither the Congress and BJP, and nor the Kashmir based parties were the solution for the ills afflicting Jammu region. A regional party alone could meet the aspirations of Jammu and address the local issues of the public, claimed Mr. Singh adding that people were increasingly reposing their faith in Panthers Party and its leadership. He was addressing huge public meetings in Thalora Mandi of MC samba, Kabir Nagar and Dollian Mohallas of MC Bari Brahmna today.
Accusing the BJP of having betrayed the collective sentiment of Dogras, Mr. Singh said that NPP was all prepared to provide a viable alternative to the people of Jammu region. Those who failed to honour their promise of holiday on 23rd September, birthday of Maharaja Hari Singh or even rake up the issue in cabinet meeting while in power, could no longer be trusted by the people, said Singh. They had lost the right to represent the Dogras when they failed to get Rassana case probed through CBI and rather joined the chorus with their Kashmir masters describing the agitating Dogras as ‘rapists supporters’.
Not only that they succumbed before the separatists and Kashmir centric forces by refusing Dogra Certificate to Jammu Dogras despite the issue forming a part of their election manifesto, said Harsh. While the lion’s share in employment went the Kashmir way during their rule, the BJP leaders were often seen flaunting a consolation prize in the form of negligible share in services for Jammu youth, rued Mr. Singh.
And not only did they surrender the rights and interests of Jammu region but also compromised over the issues of security despite their muscular nationalism and ‘zero tolerance’ slogans while in opposition, remarked Singh. He said that release of around 11,000 stone-pelters and declaration of unilateral ceasefire leading to escalation of violence in Valley were some of the questions that were irking and agitating the minds of nationalist forces and for which the BJP will have to account for in the days to come.
Mr. Yash Paul Kundal State President Young Panthers and Ex-Minister/Ex-MLA Samba said that the peoples’ faith having been shaken in BJP and its state leadership in particular, the people were eagerly awaiting to give it a befitting reply in the coming days. He said that Panthers Party had launched an unrelenting crusade against the policies of suppression and oppression being pursued by successive govts. with Jammu and it alone could represent the aspirations of this hitherto deprived and marginalized Dogra land. Panthers alone can restore the lost pride of dogras, said Mr. Kundal.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Rajesh Padgotra, Shiv Charan Singh Sambyal, Rajeshwar Singh, Mohinder Singh, Udhayveer besides others.