STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla alleged that both BJP and PDP have betrayed the people of the State and violated the mandate given by the electorates. Addressing public meeting at DillI area in Gandhi Nagar Constituency, Bhalla said that promises made to the people like return of power projects, eradication of the unemployment, development and especially providing the basic facilities have proven a mere hoax on ground. “The claims and the actual work done on ground remained mismatched. The sufferings of the common people have increased manifolds. Worst is the condition of roads all over the State and many development works have been stopped. People are holding protests for ration and the treasuries are unable to clear pending bills of the employees and contractors,” Bhalla said, adding that the previous BJP Government has failed to protect the country’s security personnel. “Not a day goes without attacks on army, paramilitary and police men,” he added. Expressing grave concern over the unabated killings, he said the BJP-led NDA Government had miserably failed to deal with the situation on the LoC. He said instead of adopting aggressive posture to counter the misdeeds of Pakistan, the Centre was befooling the people by mere rhetoric. Launching a scathing attack on previous BJP-PDP Government, Bhalla said they failed to ensure justice to each region. He held BJP responsible for surrendering the interests of people of Jammu and throwing the elections promises to the dustbin. He exhorted the people of J&K to teach a lesson to both BJP and PDP in the upcoming Assembly elections. Bhalla further said that under their dispensation, people remained deprived of basic facility. “The alienation between the government and the people was at an all time high. The people had no expectations from the government, as the government failed to come up with people-friendly policies,” he added. Bhalla said that the administration must come out of deep slumber and infuse responsiveness and an element of accountability in its machinery in order to mitigate the sufferings of people. “It is a matter of great concern that poor public of Jammu is persistently suffering due to wrong policies of previous dispensation upon which people had pinned great hope,” he added. Bhalla further said that the people have paid very heavy price by voting BJP to power which has bartered away the interests of the young and deserving people of Jammu region. He stressed that it is high time that people of Jammu region stand up to seek their rights and justice and organise themselves to force these parties inflicted huge discrimination accountable and seek answers for betrayal of huge mandate given to State BJP.
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