STATE TIMES NEWSBILLAWAR: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Dr Manohar Lal Sharma on Saturday pitched for statehood for Jammu in order to remove regional discrimination. While conducting a tour of different villages of Chingi Makwal, Rajwalta, Gurha, Dewal, Dayalachak of Billawar Constituency, Dr Sharma lambasted local BJP leadership for cheating the nationalist people of Jammu. He further questioned that Why BJP leadership of Jammu is keeping mum on J&K being converted to UT from a State ? He further said that they played hand in gloves with center to J&K an UT and further to hide their failure to fulfill their promise of providing statehood to Jammu, they are deviating the common masses . Dr Sharma further said even during BJP-PDP government many decision taken were anti-youth, anti-Jammu but none of the 25 MLA from BJP raised their voices against discrimination with area. He further said it feels pain to see that J&K has been degraded to an UT from a state and also said that this is for the first time that a state has been converted to UT where as in general cases an UT is converted to a state. He further questioned local BJP leadership that how centre took such a big step without taking them in consideration and said one side they pretend to be Thekadars for safeguarding rights of Jammu and on the other hand they give their consent for making J&K as an UT? . During the meeting people of the village Chingi Makwal apprised Dr Sharma that there is no power in their area for the couple of days as the transformer of their area has burnt which forced them to stay in dark. People also complained of traffic disruption on Dayalachak -Billawar road due to washing away of road in some parts due to flash floods in recent past. Dr Sharma gave a patient hearing and assured the people that their transformer will be changed at the earliest and also talked with concerning Deptt. and urged them to resolve the problems of the people at the earliest.
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