Prof. Saifuddin Soz MP (Former Union Minister) & President J&K Pradesh Congress Committee welcomed Shri Ram Saroop, a senior BJP leader into the Congress party’s fold at Akhnoor and assured him that Congress party would give him respect which he never enjoyed in the BJP.
Addressing the largely attended gathering, Prof. Soz urged the audience to support Congress party’s candidate Shri Sham Lal Sharma whom he (Prof.Soz) described as a very able and honest leader of the Congress party and described his contribution in the coalition Govt. as one of the best. Prof. Soz said that he (Sham Lal Sharma) defended the Congress party’s position in the Cabinet to his (Prof Soz’s) satisfaction. He appealed to the people to send Shri Sham Lal Sharma to the J&K Legislative Assembly 2014 with a thumping majority, so that he gets the position which he deserves to serve the people of the J&K state, especially people of Jammu, best.
Among the commitments which Congress party had made in recently released manifesto, Prof. Soz listed the following for his emphasis:-
1- A deep concern for settlement of refugees; 2- Adequate relief including shelter homes to people living on borders; 3-Measures to provide proper relief to ex-servicemen; 4- Increasing the reservation for OBCs to 5%; 5- Institution of elected Regional Council for Jammu (as well as for Kashmir).
When Prof Soz heard youth raising slogan that Sham Lal had to be elected as it was a compulsion for Jammu, he (Prof. Soz) added a new dimension saying:-
SHAM LAL ZAROORI HAI,
PARTY KI MAZBOORI HAI.
There was a thunderous applause from the audience Prof. Soz responded saying “Jai Hind”.
Prominent among those who spoke in the rally included S/Shri Madan Lal Sharma Ex-MP, Sham Lal Sharma, Kuldeep Raj Verma and Ram Saroop.
Those who also attended the rally included Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pranav Shagotra, Neeraj Gupta, Baldev Raj Sharma and others.