STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: We will have to come out of political slavery of these parties and establish our own strength, which is not possible till PoK DPs have their own candidates in the Assembly elections. This was stated by the Chairman SOS International, Rajiv Chuni while addressing a meeting of PoK Displaced Persons here at Jammu on Sunday. After a brief lull owing to Parliamentary elections, the monthly meeting of SOS International, an organisation of PoK Displaced Persons, was held under the leadership of Rajiv Chuni. During the meeting, which was attended by a large number of PoK Displaced Persons from different parts of Jammu, detailed discussions were held on various issues confronting the community as well as long pending demands for permanent settlement of PoK DPs. While addressing the gathering, Rajiv Chuni drew attention of the participants towards many latest developments, particularly ongoing Lok Sabha elections and insensitive attitude of major political parties, including BJP and Congress, towards plights of PoK DPs. Chuni justified the decision taken by the community to field its own candidate in elections notwithstanding the financial and other constraints. “Whatever may be outcome of results or number of votes polled in our support, the PoK DPs has established that the community will no more rely on these political parties, which have always ditched us,” he said. Stressing that like Dharna and protest demonstrations, contesting election was also a part of the struggle of PoK DPs to highlight their issues vociferously, Chuni exhorted the community to get united and ready for Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. “We have to remain united and emerge as a vote-bank for forcing these political parties to listen to our voice, which has remained unheard in deaf ears of those at the helm of affairs since decades. Enough is enough and we will no more rely on these parties but take direct course by fielding our own candidates in the Assembly elections,” he announced. Reiterating that had these political parties taken care of issues of PoK DPs, the community would have not been in despair even after decades since their forced migration from their homes and hearths, Rajiv Chuni lashed out at BJP as well as Congress for turning a Nelson’s eye towards grievances and plight of the displaced community. However, at the same time, the SOS International also criticised the community people for remaining glued to political parties during elections and then lamenting for five years for non-redressal of their plights. Others, who spoke on the occasion, included Prof N N Sharma, V K Datta, Pramod Ghai, Tilak Raj Sethi, Bhai Ram Singh and Hans Raj.
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