Dismissing as "hollow and misleading" the oft-repeated claim of the Congress that they have been according equal treatment to Jammu province and have fulfilled all the commitments made before the 2008 assembly elections, Hari Om, political advisor to state BJP president Jugal Kishore Sharma, asked the Congress on Tuesday to stop hoodwinking its core constituency.
"It is a crime against man and God to make hollow claims in a desperate bid to justify the unjustifiable. The truth is that the Congress has subverted the mandate the people of Jammu province gave to it in 2002 and 2008," said Hari Om.
"In 2008, the Congress contested the Assembly elections on four Jammu-specific planks-establishment of regional development board, implementation of Wazir Commission report, constitute a delimitation commission and reversal of discriminatory policies-but did nothing to fulfill even one of these solemn promises," said Hari Om.
He added that the Congress government not only implemented the Wazir Commission report in a wrong way by setting up four districts in Kashmir and four in Jammu, throwing to the wind the recommendation that three new districts of Samba, Reasi and Kishtwar be created in Jammu and one more district in Kashmir, but also turned down the demand seeking establishment of regional development board in Jammu saying "district development boards were already there across the state".
As for its commitments on delimitation commission and a fair dispensation to Jammu province, the Congress government did nothing, bemoaned Om, adding that its utter failure to honour any of these four commitments should lay bare the disparities between wrong assertions and the ground realities.
"The Congress-led coalition government also did not fulfill its commitment that it, if voted to power, will "give full protection to the minorities, do everything possible to safeguard their rights and constitute a minority commission to look after minority communities", said Hari Om.
Hari Om further said that the Congress also threw its 2008 election manifesto "in the dustbin" after coming back to power in collaboration with the "pro-autonomy and Valley-centric" NC.
"The people of Jammu province are fully aware of its Kashmir-centric approach and they would teach the Congress a lesson like the people of MP, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi," said Hari Om.