Jammu Tawi, May 30
Intensifying mass contact programme against the ‘anti-people policies’ of PDP-BJP combine in Jammu, former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla while addressing a public gathering on Wednesday at Govindpura Chatta Ward 4 Cantonment in Gandhi Nagar constituency launched a scathing attack on the PDP-BJP dispensation for pushing Jammu and Kashmir to wall by creating a situation of drift, showing insensitivity towards peoples’ aspirations as a result of which the state is in total chaos.The programme was organized by Ravi Kumar. Prominent among those present on the occasion include Ex Corporator & PCC Member Amrit Bali, Pawan Bhagat Lamardar,Panch Shama lal, Sunil Slathia, Bal Krishan, Kamal Kumar, Rajinder Singh, Jeeto Devi, Bholi Devi, Harcharan Singh, Dr. Darshan Singh Rtd. DYSP Madan Mohan Sharma Shiv Kumar Sharma beside others.Former Minister targeted the BJP, the self-styled Messiah of the Jammu region, and asked what it has delivered during the past three and half years except creating controversies one after another. “The people had mandated the party for ‘Ache-Din’ and what they got in return is just a nightmare. The scenario on the development front is pathetic. “This is not what Jammu had aspired or visualized in wildest of its dreams”, he said by exploiting sentiments of innocent Dogras for decades, the BJP stands exposed for the self-centric approach of its leaders, whose greed has superimposed public interest in every arena.”He said the “self-respecting people of Jammu won’t forgive exploiters of their interests and sentiments.
Bhalla held the government squarely responsible for creating mess since taking over the reins of administration and putting the state virtually at the brink of collapse. He said the engine of development is gaining rust and the atmosphere of peace and tranquility has become a fact of the past. “What really are you doing after making lot of promises and showing dreams to the people”, Bhalla asked the government, advising it either to perform or perish.
Bhalla said that instead responding to grim situation, arising in the wake of ill-conceived policies of the Coalition government, the Government is trying to divert the public attention from its failures and ill-conceived policies and programmes which instead of providing any succor to suffering people have only added to their miseries. Expressing concern over the irregular supply of ration, Bhalla asked the government to streamline the public distribution system.
Bhalla particularly referred to the disillusionment of the people in Jammu and said the self-centric BJP has betrayed their mandate and had nothing to claim except delivering broken promises. The situation has come to such a passé that nothing is moving due to administrative inertia and lack of political direction. Former Minister cautioned the government, asking it not to take public patience for granted. “They can tolerate to some extent but not to any extent,” he said.
Bhalla expressed concern over silence of the Centre and said Jammu and Kashmir appears to be the last priority for it. He said the past three-and-a-half years have exposed the BJP, which did not only betrayed people of Jammu but also contributed in the neglect of Jammu. BJP’s track record of maiden governance has been dismal and the only priority for the beneficiaries of Jammu mandate is how to remain glued to power.Referring to the increase in the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG, he said in the past 3 years, fuel prices have increased several times not because of increasing crude prices, which have been falling, but due to the increase in taxes by the BJP led NDA government.