Cong slams BJP, seeks regional council for Jammu region


Asserting that regional council was the only way to end decades old regional disparity, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee  lashed out at the BJP for acting as ‘mute spectator’ over discrimination with the Jammu region.

”BJP must clear its stand on discrimination with unemployed youth from Jammu province,” Sham Lal Sharma, senior vice-president JKPCC and former minister told mediapersons here on Friday afternoon. Minister questioned BJP to clear its stand on the discrimination made with the youth in Assistant professor posts, teachers and other departments.

”The party which got huge mandate from Jammu region and now playing hide and seek when it comes to speak for the youth of Jammu region and it is a matter of concern,” said Sharma. He said, ‘‘before elections BJP made promises but their criminal silence on issue of discrimination has clearly exposed them”. Congress stalwart also accused BJP of its complete surrender before PDP by selling due share of employment and development of Jammu region.

”BJP should explain reason behind highly discriminatory decision of education department for allotment of 14 per cent seats to Jammu, nil to Ladakh and 86 per cent to Kashmir,” he asserted. He said that as BJP formed this government with PDP purely on developmental basis and its core agenda like Article 370, 35-A, one Constitution, one flag, which was also mentioned in the Agenda of Alliance, but now they have been totally exposed.

”Regional Council I feel is the only way out to end the disparity between all the three regions of the state with additional powers to the legislators,” he suggested. Sharma further added that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during 2014 Assembly elections, visited Hiranagar, Kathua, Samba, Rajouri and other parts of the state and sought votes to form government to end discrimination with the Jammu region but three years after government formation, Jammu has not got its due share.

”We waited and watched PDP-BJP government but they have failed on all fronts,” he asserted. ”The present government is doing politics of polarization,” he added and said that regional council for Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir can only solve the crisis of disparity. Former minister however, also criticized the state health department for poor infrastructure