J&K National Panthers Party activists staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar today and held a massive demonstration to lodge the protest against the diversion of Rs.1600 crores AIIMS project. The protest demonstration was led by Mr. Harshdev Singh, JKNPP President and hundreds of other JKNPP leaders and workers including Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia, State President, Mr. Yashpaul Kundal, State President, Young Panthers, Rajiv Jolly Khosla, President, Delhi Pradesh Panthers Party, Mr. Pushvinder Singh Manhas, Sr. Vice President, Young Panthers, Mr. Pavan Dev Singh, State Secretary assembled at Jantar Mantar in the morning and after staging a sit in for three hours, proceeded towards Parliament raising anti BJP and anti coalition government slogans. The police had to intercept and stop them to proceed further.
Mr. Harshdev Singh lambasted the unethical alliance of BJP and PDP, while addressing media and said that the sole objective of the two parties was to share loaves of power. He added that the two were diametrically opposed to each other on all issues. The BJP took a complete U turn on its core philosophy and poll promises and made a seismic shift from its avowed fundamentals. He thrashed the saffron party, saying that the party committed numerous blunders by cowardly surrendering to the whims of its coalition partner.
He then added that AIIMS shall not be allowed to be shifted from Jammu and the BJP led government at the Centre could sanction one more AIIMS for Kashmir but the already approved AIIMS was Jammu’s immediate need.
He further criticised the BJP for compromising on all its solemn pledges and promises made at the time of Assembly elections only to become a junior partner in the PDP led government. BJP exhibited utter lack of spine and surrendered to the dictated terms of PDP on all issues. He added that where PDP embarked upon implementation of its agenda from day one, the BJP just indulged in the most treacherous bargain only for the lust of power.
He said that announcement for establishment of AIIMS at Jammu was made by two Union Ministers on 28th February, 2015 at New Delhi and therefore BJP’s offering it to PDP on a platter merely for crumbs of power was the biggest betrayal with the people of Jammu region. Warning the BJP to desist from its lame duck posturing, Mr. Singh said that any further betrayal with Jammu would cost the saffron party its’ postal address in the days to come.
Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia, State President vowed to continue the protests against the shameless surrender of the BJP on the issue of AIIMS. He said that Jammu region has very fragile tertiary health care system and divesting this region of AIIMS would be greatest injustice. He said that Kashmir already has one SKIMS which offers specialized treatment facilities with Chief Minister already having announced Rs.150 crores additionality for its upgradation. But Jammu region continued to be ignored and deprived in the BJP partnered government and despite the tall claims and loud pronouncements being made by the saffron party merely to hoodwink the people of Jammu region, he added.
Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia further ridiculed the cowardly surrender of BJP on Dogra Certificate, grant of State Subject rights to West Pakistan Refugees and conferment of voting rights upon them.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Mr. Sham Gorkha, Mr. Rajesh Padgotra, Mr. Yashpaul Singh Manhas, Mr. Dharam Singh, Mr. Karnail Singh, Mr. Baldev Singh, Mr. Mohan Lal Gupta, Mr. B.S. Billowria, Advocate, Mr. Romesh Khajuria, Mr. Sanjay Verma, Mr. Dhani Ram Attri, Mr. Vishav Dev Singh, Mr. Kuldip Singh, Mr. Sukhjit Singh, Mr. Angrez Singh, Mr. Makhan Lal, Mr. Bashir Ahmed.