Describing the prevalent situation in the state in the wake of NIT row as explosive, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh today lambasted the incumbent govt. for its apathetic and indifferent approach to appropriately address the crisis. He regretted that while Jammu region in general and the students fraternity in particular was boiling with rage, the State govt. was terming the present turmoil as a ‘minor’ issue. He further said that while the HRD Minister had failed to visit the NIT Srinagar despite announcements, the Deputy Chief Minister too had preferred to summon the students to his Srinagar residence citing security reasons for his reluctance to visit the troubled campus. He said that if the Dy. CM with a huge paraphernalia of security personnel was feeling insecure in visiting NIT campus, the plight of non local students residing in the NIT campus could be anybody’s guess. Terming the institution of criminal cases against the non local students of NIT by BJP partnered govt. as highly outrageous and reprehensible, Singh said that Saffron Party stood fully exposed for its hypocrisy and double speak. He said that immunity to those who raised anti national slogans and Pak flags and slapping of criminal cases against those who raised national flags had revealed the BJP in its true colours and proved beyond doubt that lust knew no bars, no red lines. Reminding BJP of its tantrums of leading processions to Lal Chowk Sringar while in opposition to host Tricolour there, he regretted that the Saffron Party had resorted to cane charging and assaulting such nationalists in its own govt. only to remain glued to power.
On the local issues of Ramnagar, Harsh Dev Singh expressed grave concern over the complete paralysis of the developmental machinery in the Ramnagar constituency with majority of the development projects having become defunct. He regretted that several schemes initiated during his tenure had been abandoned thus depriving the legitimate beneficiaries of the benefits envisaged under the scheme. Prominent among other who spoke on the occasion included Sh. Dev Singh, Pt. Shiv Ram Sharma, Krishan Chand, Sandoor Singh, Bishan Dass, Sushil Tripathi, Dharam Chand, Ram Krishan, KakuRam, Charan Dass etc.