The Congress today accused the ruling PDP-BJP coalition government of failing to deliver the promises it made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir during and before the assembly elections.
“The PDP-BJP government has lost the trust of the people, in a short span of 10 months, because of utter failure of the coalition to fulfill their tall claims during and after elections and their opportunist and contradictory stand on every important issue in the state,” former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla said while addressing a rally of party workers in Nanak Nagar area of Gandhi Nagar constituency today.
Bhalla accused the NDA government of “re-branding” or changing nomenclature of pro-people and development-oriented schemes of the previous UPA government to take credit. “The BJP led NDA government has betrayed and cheated the refugees of 1947, 1965 & 1971 from POK and those from West Pakistan in the recent package announced by the Prime Minister Narinder Modi for the state. The package of one time settlement of refugees of 1947, 1965 and 1971 comprising financial assistance/ex-gratia relief of Rs 25 lakhs per family amounting to over 9000 crore alongwith several other concessions including reservation to their wards was recommended by the previous Congress-NC coalition government to the centre, after hot pursuit by the Congress and various organization of refugees. The BJP which promised to ensure one time settlement of refugees for POK including from Chhamb area, Mirpur, Poonch and Muzaffarabad districts under illegal occupation of Pak besides promising citizenship to West Pakistan refugees before the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, has betrayed them after assuming power both at the centre and sharing the same in the state. He said that soon after coming to power the Modi government had returned the package to the state government without any reason, adding insult to their injuries. He alleged that the Modi-led government has been trying to curtail pro-poor policies of the previous UPA government, including MGNREGA, Food Security Bill and Land Acquisition Act.