Strongly flaying the opposition to the establishment of Sainik Colonies in Kashmir by separatists and Kashmir based political parties, Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and former Minister has accused the BJP of silently acquiescing in the highly ignominious moves of its coalition partner to the utter chagrin and disgust of the nationalist forces across the country. He said that proposal of J&K Rajya Sainik Board for creation of two colonies one in Srinagar and another in Budgam was approved in 2012 at the highest level with process of land identification also having been initiated. He said it was highly disconcerting to note that the proposal was being shelved in the BJP partnered govt. in the state and BJP led govt. at the centre not withstanding its solemn pledges during elections to promote the interests of Ex-Servicemen and the Armed Forces. He was addressing huge public meetings in Nakki, Balpur, Jansal, Chororta and Thalora villages of Ramnagar constituency.
Singh said that by giving its overt and covert support to the Kashmir based parties on the issue of Sainik Colonies, the BJP had inflicted the biggest dent upon national honour and pride. Describing the statements of the representatives of state govt. on the subject as highly abominable and opprobrious, he said people of Jammu region and ex-servicemen in particular were seething with anger and would give the Saffron Party a befitting reply at the appropriate time. He regretted that not only on the issues of Sainik colonies but on NIT, NEET, vacation of land from Army, service tax on Mata Vaishno Devi Helicopter Services, Dogra Certificate etc, the BJP had made successive surrenders only to keep their second fiddle role in the govt. intact and their ministerial berths secure.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Ex-MLA Shounku Ram Dharam Singh Bittu Sarpanch, Rajesh Sharma Sarpanch, karnail Singh Sarpanch, Dina Nath Sarpanch, Bodh Raj Sarpanch, Balwant Raj Sarpanch, Makhan Lal Sharma Sarpanch and others.