Jammu 7 April (KNB): Former Deputy Chief Minister, Tarachand on Wednesday said that the decision of the BJP government downgrading the state had been full of shock and offensive for the nationalist people of J&K, who felt betrayed and downgraded post abrogation of the Special Status.
He said that not only had the BJP regime dismantled the oldest dogra state and demoted it as UT, but it had deprived its people of Certain special privileges envisioned by the late Maharaja for the welfare of his subjects especially those pertaining to land and Jobs.
A statement issued to Kashmir News Bureau said that Congress Party today held a massive rally at Chaamb Constituency, organised by Block Congress Committee Khour, which was addressed by Former Dy CM Tarachand, JKPCC Vice President GM Saroori, Former Minister District President Kathua Dr Manohar lal Sharma, Former Minister Chairman J&K Kissan Cell Congress Gharu Ram, Former chairman Legislative Council Jahangir Mir, Ex MLC Subash Gupta, Ex MLC Naresh Gupta, PCC Secretary Narinder Sharma, Adv Rajinder Sharma Bharat, Priye Corporator Gourav Chopra, Varun Magotra and others.
Addressing the mega rally of party worker, former Dy CM Tarachand lambasted the BJP for having done the greatest disservice to J&K by demoting it to the level of UT.
“After the Abrogation of Artice 370, opening of Lands and Jobs to outsiders come as a rude shocker for the people of J&K. The unemployed youth of j&K have been the most disappointed lot with their share in services having been reduced,” he said.
Tarachand said that promises to save the land and Jobs of J&K by enacting appropriate legislation had been repeatedly held out by not only the J&K BJP unit but the Central leadership of the party as well.
Asserting that new land laws would more harshly against the Dogra land, Tarachand said that outsiders would prefer Jammu over kashmir for acquiring lands in view of persistent disturbances and security threats in Valley.
He rued that the BJP government had not only opened the doors of employment for the outsiders under the provision of Domicile law but also facilitated them to purchase lands through the new land laws.
He said that land and Jobs were no more secured for the local people and they feared that their interests, culture and identity were under grave threat.
Ruing the country’s plunging economy with GDP falling to all time low, Tarachand said that back breaking inflation and rise in unemployment had brought the growth rate to the grinding halt.
He said that skyrocketing prices of fuel and essential commodities had robbed the pockets of the common man.
He regretted that inflation had become a benchmark of BJP’s governance and looting people had always been its nasty motive.
“The petrol, diesel and LPG have become dearer and as a result the prices of other essentials have also soared. The prices of vegetables, fruits, dairy products, cereals and others have gone beyond the reach of the common masses”, Tarachand said.
Alleging brazen disregard for the concerns of the educated, unemployed and underemployed youth of J&K by the incumbent government, Tarachand regretted that discontent amongst youth was growing with each passing day.
He however regretted that not only were the youth cheated in the name of employment package but the existing vacancies were also allowed to remain unfilled.
All Rozgar related slogans have proved Jumlas and exploded the myth of BJP’s bravado, Tarachand said, adding that instead of discussing failure in providing Jobs, depriving the youth and businessmen of better services, BJP only thumping its chest over imaginary development in J&K.
Tarachand further cautioned the BJP government to refrain from downplaying the sentiments of people of Dogra land who gave it massive mandate in elections.
“With state BJP’s having lost its credibility in Jammu region, it was Congress alone which could fill the void and provide an alternative to the people of J&K,” he said, adding that that Congress Leadership shall stand with its people through thick and thin and Continue to expose and oppose the BJP for its Political debauchery.
He said that the foundation of the Country has been laid on secular ideals and harmony amongst different sections keeping in view of the pluralistic character of the nation and those spreading hatred are weakening the nation.
He urged people to defeat the designs of such forces who can disturb and destroy the secular fabric of our nation.
Tarachand sought early assembly elections in J&K, so as to address the concerns of various aspirational groups of the earstwhile states.
“The elected representatives alone could appreciate the concerns of the public as against the outside bureaucrats, who hardly had any accountability to the people,” he added.
As per the statement, Prominent Senior leaders present at the meeting included Suram Singh (Vice President DCC Rural Jammu) Ashwani Handa, Brinder Singh, Ankush Raina Secretaries PYC, Block President Pargwal, Khour, Samwa and Khara Balli, Jagatar Singh, Madan Lal Sharma, Jagdish Raj Sharma, Vijay Chib Gautam Sharma, Daljeet Singh, Captain Kali Dass, Ashok Sharma, Madan Lal Sharma, Prabhu Singh, Sarpanches, Panchs, and members of Municipal Committee, Block Office bearers and other delegates. (KNB)