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JAMMU: To discuss various issues confronting people of Jammu, former Minister J&K, General Secretary JKPCC & Incharge District President Jammu (U) Yogesh Sawhney convened a meeting of coordinators of various Assembly segments, District Congress Committee Jammu (Urban) at PCC Headquarters Jammu on Thursday. During the meeting, District Congress leaders criticised BJP administration, saying that no section of people in J&K is satisfied with the Government as dissatisfaction and disappointment are the gifts to people of J&K by BJP.
The leaders said, “J&K over the course of a year has seen massive protests, demonstrations and strikes against BJP from different groups of people for their anti-people and anti-Jammu policies.” From economic distress to emerging social disparities to outright suppression of democratic rights, J&K has been suffering terribly, they added. During the meeting, Sawhney and other Congress leaders also condemned cold blooded murder of Satpal Nischal, owner of Nischal Jewellers, who was killed by some unknown gunmen at his shop in Srinagar. Questioning silence of BJP leaders on gruesome killing of businessman, Sawhney demanded that culprits be apprehended and strictly punished.
Sawhney further raised various burning issues and condemned BJP for ‘ruining normalcy & conditions of J&K’.
He expressed concerns that each section of society in J&K has felt betrayed and cheated by BJP Government and administration. “From 2019 to present time, a wave of protests by varied segments of our population has expressed strong concerns regarding one or another issue. From farmers, daily-wagers to unemployed engineers, the only option left for them is to protest,” he added.
Sawhney said that casual labourers and daily-wagers of all Government departments have been drastically affected by overdue payments, lack of regularisation measures, regional-biased employment opportunities apart from pandemic.
He urged that demands of various protesting groups such as PDD and PHE workers be accepted at the earliest. He further said that after numerous strikes, protests and demonstrations, the Government still failed to address their issues. Troubled by Government’s indifferent attitude, they warned of indefinite strikes, as they feel that BJP administration has been cheating on them.
He further elaborated that even Transport Unions have been forced to go on strikes over economic package; because transporters are overburdened due to heavy taxations apart from prevailing COVID-19 situation. J&K forest employees union also protested for unpaid salaries, he added.
Sawhney said that people’s dissatisfaction and disappointment against BJP is immense, as promises have been broken and lies have been said.
He said that the party will show solidarity to all those who have been wronged by Government and will strive to help these people amplify their voices.
Meanwhile, in the meeting, it was decided that senior Congress leader Varinder Singh Manhas, Co-ordinator Jammu West will look after working of Block No 5, Block Janipur till further orders.
Other leaders present in the meeting included Dr Rama Kant Khajuria, Varinder Singh Manhas, Uttam Singh, Rajesh Sharma, Vijay Singh Chib, Chander Shekhar Sharma and Atul Sharma.