As a part of the party's countrywide “Jail Bharo Andolan” programme, demanding resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for alleged misgovernance and rampant corruption, hundreds of party activists of the state BJP led by party president Jugal Kishore Sharma courted arrests on Monday.
The BJP activists staged a dharna for three hours before courting arrest at Pt Prem Nath Dogra Chowk. Prominent senior leaders who accompanied Jugal Kishore Sharma in courting arrests included Ashok Khajuria, Shamsher Singh Manhas, Sukhnandan Kumar, Sham Choudhary, Dr Jitendra Singh, Amarnath Gupta, Sakina Bano, Ramesh Arora, Bali Bhagat, Kavinder Gupta, Rajesh Gupta, Sukhdev Singh and others.
Sharma, while addressing the dharna, alleged that the Congress-led UPA at the Centre had created new records in corruption. Scam after scam has been the gift of Manmohan Singh-led and Sonia Gandhi-controlled government, he further said, adding that the government had lost faith of people as well as morale right to continue, hence the Prime Minister should resign. He said after the darbar move, problems of people in the Jammu province had increased manifold. There is no ration, no water and no electricity for Jammu residents. People are befooled on the name of development while in Kashmir every day foundation stones of new projects were being laid.
Leader of Legislative Party & National Executive Member Ashok Khajuria said that it is not only the UPA but the NC-Congress coalition in J&K too has promoted corruption and attempts being made to shield the corrupt ministers and bureaucrats.
Manhas said corruption in the country has touched new heights and our party activists have to reach the masses to expose the Manmohan Singh-led UPA for its involvement in country's biggest ever scams. He said that the parties which paint BJP as communal have to be taught a lesson as they themselves are communal while BJP works on principle of equality and brotherhood.