Greeting people on the occasion of Baisakhi and BR Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Jugal Kishore Sharma on Monday urged them to sit up to find if their votes to the Congress would benefit or harm them and the national interest.
Addressing a series of election meetings in Hiranagar area of the Kathua-Udhampur-Doda constituency while canvassing for party candidate Jitendra Singh, Sharma said: “The Congress in general and its candidate from this constituency in particular do not deserve the Jammu’s mandate.”
He added that the Ghulam Nabi Azad-led coalition government in the state had caused more harm to Jammu province than his predecessors.
Sharma said it was the Azad-led coalition government, which in 2007 had torn into pieces the 1983 Wazir Commission report that had recommended three new districts for Jammu and one for Kashmir, but he created four new districts in Kashmir in 2007 despite the fact that there was no demand for more districts in the Valley.
“Despite the fact that the people of Jammu had made several supreme sacrifices to get more districts Azad overlooked it,” he said, adding that if the BJP comes to power, it will constitute a delimitation commission to provide due representation to Jammu province in the assembly, a commitment made in 2002 and 2008.
The state BJP president said it was the Azad government that in 2007 rejected the private member’s bill that urged the state government to revoke the provision concerning the state flag. “It rejected the rational and national suggestion that J&K, like the rest of the country, must have one flag - the Tricolour; hence showing disrespect to the national flag on the floor of the assembly,”he said.
The Azad government instead of adopting a private member’s bill in 2007, provided for one year rigorous imprisonment to those who would show no respect to the state’s flag, which is virtually the flag of the National Conference, Sharma added.
Sharma appealed to the people to look into all these facts before exercising their franchise and expressed hope that the electorate would vote overwhelmingly for the BJP candidate to strengthen the hands of party’s PM candidate Narendra Modi.