Jammu, May 16, 2015: The Congress today strongly lashed out at the PDP-BJP Govt. over the announcement of the Chief minister Mr. Mufti Mohd. Sayed to shelve the multi crore artificial lake project aimed at beatification of Jammu and denial of AIIMS Hospital to Jammu Region.
Reacting sharply to the announcement in a press conference by the Chief Minister Mufti Mohd. Sayed and Dy. Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh here Yesterday wherein it was disclosed that the Govt. has decided to shelve the artificial lake project over river Tawi and ruled out sanction of AIIMS for Jammu, senior Congress leaders in a press conference strongly criticized the coalition government for its approach and accused BJP of total surrender and a mute spectator for the sake of power.
Addressing the press conference at PCC HQ here today Senior Vice President Sham Lal Sharma, Vice Presidents Shri Mula Ram, Raman Bhalla, Chief Spokesman Shri Ravinder Sharma, General Secretaries Th. Balwan Singh, S. Manjit Singh and Ch. Shah Mohd. Besides Dist. President Jammu Anil Chopra took strong exception to the these announcements and described it a great set back to the genuine cause of people of Jammu region and the betrayal by the coalition government especially the BJP over its rhetoric for equitable development of three regions.
On the issue of AIIMS the senior congress leaders questioned BJP for misleading and befooling the people of Jammu Region by announcing AIIMS for Jammu region and thereafter bartering the interests of the people for the sake of power. They said that people of Jammu region observed a complete bandh in protest against the denial of AIIMS but the government is testing the patience of people. They said that Congress has set up two Central Universities one in each region which were much bigger projects than AIIMS and the same approach should have been adopted on the issue of AIIMS for both the regions.
On the issue of prestigious multi – crores artificial lake project on river Tawi which is aimed at beautification of the city of temples in order to attract the tourist & pilgrims visiting the State, the decision of the State Govt. is most unfortunate and condemnable. More so when around 55 crores have already been spent and the project was to be completed in March 2016. They said that the project was sanctioned in the year 2010 with central assistance of water resources department and funds awarded by 13th Finance Commission to the tone of Rs. 25 crores each and Rs. 20 crores was to be shared by the state government. They said that there is no justification for abandoning the project after spending crores of rupees and completing most of the important components of the project, which is the result of the long pending struggle of the people of Jammu to show case the potential of the pilgrims destination of Jammu where more than one crore pilgrims visit every year besides the attraction of tourists and other population and people visiting Jammu City on day to day basis.
The senior congress leaders warned the State Govt. especially the BJP leadership not to test the patience of the people and said that Congress party would intensify its struggle to protect the rights of the people and safeguard their interests and aspirations of each region in order to ensure a balanced and equitable development of three regions . They appealed to the people to unitedly oppose such anti people steps and do not allow coalition partners especially the BJP to sell out the interests of the people for the sake of power.