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Appreciate Amit Shah’s admission on misgovernance: Rana

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JAMMU JUNE 24- National Conference Provincial President  Devender Singh Rana on Sunday appreciated BJP National President  Amit Shah’s candid admission on PDP-BJP government’s betrayal with Jammu and Ladakh regions and rejection of his party by the people of Jammu region.

“ Amit Shah showed immense degree of realism by saying on the death anniversary of Dr Shyama Prasad Mookherji in Jammu that the BJP was ready to sit in opposition and now it is incumbent upon his party’s 25 MLAs to voluntarily quit and pave the way for election of genuine representatives of the people”,  Rana said while replying a question on the demand of National Conference for dissolution of Legislative Assembly at a press conference at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this evening.

He said the BJP President has gone on record saying that the just ended coalition government failed in satiating the urges and aspirations of the people of Jammu and therefore his party’s lawmakers have a moral obligation to quit. He, however, disagreed with  Amit Shah’s contention that the BJP had aligned with the PDP for national interest and pulled out of the government keeping in view the national interest. He said  Shah is perhaps mistaking BJP interest as national interest.

Rana also questioned the arguments put-forth by  Amit Shah over non-accomplishment of developmental agenda during the misgovernance of 1120 days misrule since March 2015  and asked why the coalition failed in setting up of AIIMS and three Medical Colleges in the Jammu region despite health ministry being presided over by BJP ministers Ch Lal Singh and  Bali Bhagat.

The Provincial President referred to the plight of the border dwellers and said not a single commitment was kept with them. He said the failure in keeping the promise of allotting five marla plots was attributed to the army’s denial on having these due to security reasons, which the latter vehemently refuted. He said against the recommendation of Rs 9025 crores by the Omar led government, the Centre sanctioned just Rs 2000 crore for one time settlement of PoK refugees and it is yet to be told as to how much of these paltry funds have been released and provided to the targeted refugees.

Rana said that the BJP created lot of hype over illegal settlement of Rohingyas in Jammu and referred to the oft-repeated stand of National Conference that they be treated as per Foreign Nationals Act. “The bravado shown by the BJP disappeared soon after they sat in the cradle of power with the PDP”, he said, adding that his party had described the coalition as unholy from day-one. The recent developments have vindicated us, he added.

The Provincial President lamented over double speak of the BJP, saying on the one had  Amit Shah blames the former Chief Minister for being soft towards militancy and on the other hand he recounts as big achievement the number of militants killed from 2015 till date, comparing with the previous years. Elaborating on  Amit Shah’s admission of failures, the Provincial President wondered why the BJP’s bigwigs including senior ministers remained silent during their intermittent visits to Jammu and Kashmir during the past few years.

Rana urged the Governor’s administration for restoration of peace and normalcy in the State with an avowed objective of creating a conducive atmosphere for holding free and fair elections.

In response to a question, the Provincial President described the threats by a BJP MLA to media as unfortunate and outrageous, saying nobody has a right to coerce or intimidate the fourth pillar of democracy, which has been working under pulls and pressures in most difficult situations.

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