JAMMU: In order to show the concern and anger towards the Election Commission of India decision and Governor's Administration for their failure towards addressing the plights faced by people of Chenab valley due to recent snow furry and continue prevailing bad weather conditions, a strong Protest was lodged by the Congress leaders of Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban Districts under the leadership of former Minister Ghulam Mohammad Saroori who also happens to be the Vice President JKPCC and member Election campaign Committee JK outside Press Club Jammu.
Shri. Naresh Gupta MLC also accompanied Saroori beside several other senior party functionaries were also present who raise their voices against discriminatory attitude adopted by the Governor Administrator towards Chenab valley. Speaking on this occasion, G M Saroori alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted to enjoy power in Jammu and Kashmir through bureaucracy and did not want to lose it by holding Assembly elections. After the Lok Sabha election announcement made by the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced, GM Saroori, vice-president, Jammu Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee, while speaking, said the BJP had deliberately deferred the Assembly elections.
“The Union Home Minister promised on the floor of Parliament that security will be provided to each and every candidate and sufficient forces were available in the state. But now, the ECI is saying it does not have sufficient number of men to provide security to all candidates and cannot not hold joint elections,” Saroori said. “I think the BJP has deliberately deferred the Assembly poll as it is enjoying power through bureaucracy in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said and alleged the BJP had always played divisive politics and after Ram Mandir, they came up with the issue of soldiers. He said all assurances of the BJP government in the Centre were a big lie to the people of Jammu and Kashmir as payments for most of the centrally sponsored schemes were pending since the past two years.
Mr. Saroori also said that wages to thousands of job card holders under MGNREGA have not been paid from 2016-17, 2017-18 & till date added that no funds under Swatch Bharat, IHHL payment @ Rs.12000 per house is pending for the last two years. He said that Payment under PMAY is nowhere, Hundred of residential houses have been damaged and more than 60% orchards have suffered losses due to recent heavy snow fall experienced recently in the entire region, all main and link roads have suffered extensive damage, yet electric supply has not been restored since last more than one month.
He also demanded immediate release of payments under all head to the beneficiary and loss caused in the entire region be declared as Disaster beside concern departments should be asked to assess the losses immediately and process for payment of relief be made along with free ration for six months be provided to the suffers.
Congress leaders said that Election Commission must review his decision of not holding the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir while at the same time should release the dates of Election schedule for the state so that democratically elected government could be installed. Congress leaders accuses Governor Administration off enjoy the power at the cost of denying democratic rights to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.