JAMMU: Owned by New Delhi based saffron High Command, Jammu based BJP ministers have finally abandoned their Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, thus proving wrong the common perception that leaders on this side of Banihal tunnel were too weak or tuned to playing second-fiddle to their Kashmiri masters. Oops! Of course, they crawled during the initial inning of PDP-BJP dispensation under Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, despite having been told only to bow but seeing the second inning under Mehbooba Mufti taking off on a stormy note, the BJP ministers started vacillating.
Unlike rats, which are first to jump out of the sinking ship, the BJP ministers have actually deserted the Valley to have best of Jammu and make hey while sun is shining. In accomplishment of this pursuit, they don’t find the example set by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inspiring who cancelled his Moscow and the US visit in the wake of terror attack in Uri by Pakistan supported and sponsored terrorists. Since the day of occurrence, the Home Minister is reviewing, monitoring and discussing the Kashmir situation.
On the contrary, instead of extending helping hand to the Chief Minister in this hour of crisis and to meet the challenges posed by anti-India elements in the Valley and Pakistan on the Line of Control, the BJP ministers ventured jaunts to Jammu to attend to such works, which may be ‘useful and gainful’ for them but not for the people of Jammu, who braved scarcity of water due to strike of PHE need based workers and unscheduled power cuts. Nobody among the ministers sought to see the condition of roads and other utility services. They had no priority to see Jammu changing its slum Avatar and looking as a clean city to welcome thousands of Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims, thronging from various parts of the country 24X7.
The BJP ministers had interesting itinerary for their Jammu visits. Minister for Animal and Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Abdul Ghani Kohli was keen to review the availability of sheep, poultry birds and fish on Eid-ul-Azha while Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment, Choudhary Lal Singh was urgently required to lay foundation stone of Jambu Zoo (Shivalik Biological Park) at Khanpur in Nagrota.
Not capable of resolving the strike of daily rated and need based workers of PHE, the Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Choudhary came rushing from Srinagar to direct the officers to remove all unauthorised water connections on war footing. Similarly, Minister of State for Education, Technical Education, Tourism, Culture, Horticulture, Floriculture and Parks Priya Sethi went beyond her brief and paid surprise visit to Industrial Training Institute, R.S Pura, just to suspend its Superintendent for being absent.
Speaker Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta came to inaugurate Phal Diwas and Government Health Center at Chatha Pind.
Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat took off his time to apprise the people of Jammu relevance of Yoga and Ayurveda in present times. He also thought it appropriate to announce implementation of colour coding of bedsheets and prescription audit in all the hospitals across the State. Wonderful!
Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash Ganga arrived in the winter capital to lay foundation stone of Block Development Council Complex at Vijaypur besides inaugurating a public waiting shed at Gurha Slathia.
The all important Deputy of Mehbooba Mufti came several times, like all his BJP ministerial colleagues during the ongoing Kashmir unrest to attend to most pressing assignments. Had they not come to the winter capital, perhaps heavens would have fallen. They had no time during initial spell of summer in the scorching Jammu to see they have some respite from heat and sweat. The Deputy Chief Minister is in the Land of Lamas for the past four days, attending most pressing assignments.
While Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti must be feeling left in lurch, her Hon’ble BJP ministers are whiling away their time in scorching Jammu. The cozy cool of Kashmir has no comfort when Sangbaz Geelani Calendar’s boys are busy in their stone-pelting operations. The ultra-nationalist and patriotic Jammuites, least concerned about the plight of lonely Mehbooba Mufti, are wondering as to what has happened to the erstwhile agitationsists and nowadays Hon’ble Ministers of the BJP who always itched for going to Lal Chowk, Srinagar to hoist Tiranga and say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. They have altogether abandoned the Valley and the Chief Minister.
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