STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Holding independent charge of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh has done quite well in the North East, given the development and economic resurgence of the region. Also looking after the departments of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions besides Atomic Energy and Space, the Member of Parliament from Kathua, Udhampur, Doda Parliamentary constituency is not expected to keep track of all the big and small issues of public importance in his home Union Territory in general and the Jammu region in particular. Jammu BJP has a huge bandwagon, parked in the cozy comforts of the mega party headquarters in posh Trikuta Nagar Jammu. Their rehabilitation in the serene environs of the massive office complex is so engrossing that they have hardly any time to peep out and gauge the public pulse. The four-walls of their headquarters have made them inaccessible to the people, who they owe their very existence. But who cares? Who’s who of the Jammu BJP is least concerned about problems confronted to people in their core constituency. Preferring deafness to soaring irritants like continuation of four toll plazas in the Jammu region, against just one in the Kashmir Valley, and worries of people over premature proposal of reopening schools in the midst of the national lockdown, the Jammu BJP has voluntarily surrendered its representative character but for Dr Jitendra Singh, who is the flag carrier of the premier national party in the region. Getting into action over growing resentment against the Jammu BJP, the Minister of State in PMO spoke to STATE TIMES Editor-in-Chief Raj Daluja around 11 AM this morning to inform that the proposal with regard to reopening of schools has been shelved and decisive action is being taken about the toll plazas operating in the region. And, hours later, the action percolated on ground as well. This is how responsible political parties and politicians act. But won’t it be too much to expect from the minister to always remain omnipresent in Jammu and take cognizance of public woes, which unfortunately are multiplying on each passing day despite the dispensation remotely controlled by the BJP in place in the Union Territory. He has much to bother about being the MOS in Narendra Modi’s PMO. Popular Urdu poet Shauq Bahraichi had perhaps penned down decades ago his famous couplet, “Barbad gulistañ karne ko bas ek hi ullu kaafi tha, Har shakh pe ullu baiTha hai anjam-e-gulistañ kya hoga” for people like many Jammu BJP leaders.
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