STATE TIMES NEWS KALAKOTE: Former Minister and senior Congress leader, Raman Bhalla on Saturday expressed concern on back tracking of BJP Government over the contentious issue of delimitation of Assembly constituencies in the State, terming its u-turn as a betrayal of mandate of people. Questioning BJP for its commitment to people for seeking votes over the issue of ensuring equitable share in political power to Jammu region, Bhalla said that the Government of India, especially Home Ministry succumbed to the pressure and shelved the plan in less than twenty hours. “It is unfortunate that BJP has given tall slogans and false promises but when it comes to delivery, it is very weak,” Bhalla said, adding that BJP is duty bound after receiving massive mandate in 2014 and winning Parliamentary seats second time from Jammu region to fulfill commitments made with people of the State especially Jammu region. He also questioned the commitment made with PoJK refugees regarding financial package of Rs 30 lakhs per family and other components like reservation for their wards and particularly identifying 8 seats out of 24 reserved for residents of PoJK area for these DPs and asked BJP to fulfill this important commitment before ensuing elections. Bhalla asked BJP to go ahead with delimitation and complete it before Assembly elections in the State besides fulfilling commitments made with refugees of 1947, 1965 and 1971, before Assembly elections in the State. Extending thanks to voters of Kalakote for their support in Parliamentary elections, Bhalla promised party workers and leaders of raising issues of people with full strength adding that they have done their job well now it is his turn to deliver. Bhalla, in his brief address, asked the party workers to introspect what they had done and where they went wrong as only self-assessment would bring a change in the party. “My life is an open book in front of you. You are my family. I derive strength from you and this is my real asset,” he added. Others present on the occasion included Ex MLC Jahangir Mir, Vinod Sharma, Sushil Jamwal, Darbari Lal, M Y Mughal, Advocate Junaid Hussain, Arjun Sharma, Nakhul Sharma and Sanjay Sandhu.
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