STATE TIMES NEWS VIJAYPUR: While Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister succeeded in implementing a significant part of her agenda during erstwhile coalition rule in the State, the BJP hopelessly failed to deliver on even a single promise made by it with its electorates, said JKNPP Chairman and Former Minister, Harsh Dev Singh. Addressing a public meeting in Ramgarh in Vijaypur constituency, Harsh said that erstwhile BJP-PDP rule witnessed complete eclipse of Jammu related issues with both State and Central Government desperately wooing Mehbooba Mufti and her Kashmir-centric agenda. “Release of a record number of stone-pelters besides other notorious elements in Kashmir was ordered at the behest of Mehbooba Mufti as a part of her political agenda. Likewise, declaration of unilateral ceasefire which was initially opposed by Army as well as Defence Minister was also ordered in a bid to appease Mehbooba and to promote her political agenda. Similarly, it was in BJP-PDP Government that a highly communal order with regard to tribal settlements was issued with the saffron Ministers acting as mute spectators. Again, the BJP had to eat a humble pie when PDP leadership prevailed in Rassana case refusing to honour the demand of Jammu people for a CBI probe. While PDP leadership refused to budge even an inch with respect to its core philosophy, it was BJP which made one surrender after another and compromising eventually even the self-respect and pride of Dogras”, regretted Singh. Harsh regretted that slogan of abrogation of Article 370, which earlier remained the major poll plank of BJP for several decades, was sacrificed immediately after the State Assembly elections at the altar of power politics. When Article 35A was challenged, the saffron flavoured government of J&K hired five advocates in the Court to defend the same, rued Harsh. Yash Paul Kundal, President Young Panthers said that not only had the BJP played with emotions of the people but it miserably failed on the development front as well. Yash Paul Sharma, who joined NPP along with a number of supporters after quitting Congress, said that JKNPP is the only hope for people of Jammu region. He urged upon the people to teach a befitting lesson to mandated leaders of Jammu region, who raised fortunes for themselves by ignoring common man. Others who spoke on the occasion included Rajeshwar Singh, Surinder Chouhan, Bishan Dass Bhagat, Udhayveer, Arun Khajuria and Mohinder Singh.
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