Ex-SSP Mahadeep Singh Jamwal: With due respect to the campaign ‘J&K must have a Hindu Chief Minister! But who?’ my honest view suggest that there should have been an addition as ‘And Why? This would have given a more democratic approach to the subject matter. In its present form to muster opinion of Hindu CM is murmured as an indirect campaign to downgrade the deserving soul as CM from other communities. Being exclusive domain of the paper to look in their own way to seek opinion of people on the captioned matter, I would like to have honest comment that the past experience of faces from political parties that may be Kashmir-centric or national parties, all have proved to be self-centric or puppets to the Kashmir based parties.All have exploited the voters for their personal cause that may be for MBBS, Engineering seats or other benefits. Majority of them are being exposed as land grabbers.At the same time some new faces are struggling to register their presence by way of the mighty hammer of RTI exposes and nothing beyond that. <There is great vacuum in the Jammu region and is devoid of any such person that can be cited as choice of CM from Jammu. So we are left only with God’s choice for any CM from Jammu.
Anil Kohli, Chairman Janipur Traders Welfare Association: I believe there is a dire need of a capable, unbiased and efficient CM for J&K who tends to work only for betterment of people, irrespective of their caste and community.Moreover, the need of the hour is to have a CM who will work for the development on all fronts.He should treat all equally and work for the betterment of J&K. He should work for people and not for his own vested interests and in my opinion such a leader is Ghulam Nabi Azad. Earlier also when he was CM, he worked for the development of J&K and I think he once again can do miracles, if given another chance.
Sunil Kumar, Social Activist: In my view, J&K must have a Dogra Chief Minister. Maharaja Hari Singh, a Dogra ruler, once quoted, “I have no religion, and my religion is justice.” But unfortunately selfish and cheap politics flourished in J&K over the years and leaders started working for their own vested interest. I think CM from Jammu must possess visionary quality, strong leadership and should have guts to take bold decisions for the welfare of people without any discrimination. I feel Dr Jitendra Singh is fit for the slot.
Pawan Sharma, Student: It is a very long and genuine demand of people that J&K should have a Hindu Chief Minister. Now time has come for Jammu to have a CM from this region, well aware of the issues and problems of the marginalised and politically disempowered people. Now after abrogation of Article 370, Jammu people are expecting an incumbent from this region after the delimitation process is complete. I think Sham Lal Sharma has the qualities to lead and he is the one who has always fought for the rights of Jammu people.
Rakesh Wazir, President, Katra Hotels & Restaurants Association: As far as Chief Ministership is concerned, that should be on merits and capability of a person and not on the basis of religion.I feel it would be great if someone from Hindu Community too reaches up to the top political executive level in J&K.
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