Deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh on Tuesday sought more time for the announcement of AIIMS in Jammu.
"BJP is committed to build a separate AIIMS for Jammu and the decision has been taken at the highest level. The modalities and what will be the final shape of AIIMS are being worked out and hence the time is being consumed. Moreover, the BJP is preoccupied with monsoon session," said deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh.
"Shortly, the Union government will be announcing a comprehensive package for J&K. Now, how the AIIMS and the package will be announced is being decided. Moreover, we all want that such announcement should be made at the earliest. Also, the AIIMS for the Valley, too, has not been initiated," said he.
Singh appealed to AIIMS coordination committee, spearheading the AIIMS for Jammu, to call off their chain hunger strike and give more time looking into the circumstances.
Whether the credibility of whether the BJP's credibility has been dented over AIIMS, Singh said, "There is no dent to our credibility, we are still firm on our promise. However, the decision has to be taken at the highest level which is taking time. I made commitment only on getting assurance from the Centre."
"Moreover I sought two months time from the AIIMS CC during meeting on June 18, but they insisted for one month. The AIIMS CC made it time-bound," he added.
Meanwhile, AIIMS co-ordination committee started its chain hunger strike on Tuesday evening against the failure of the BJP to honour its commitment.
AIIMS CC chairman Abhinav Sharma said, "This is the second breach of trust with the naïve people of Jammu. First was when the 25 BJP MLAs elected by people failed to raise the issue when AIIMS meant for Jammu was shifted to the Valley. Now, the second breach of trust, when deputy CM Nirmal Singh on whose assurance we suspended our strike has failed to honour his written commitment."
What course of action the AIIMS CC will take, Abhinav said, "Today we have started chain hunger strike and after couple of days, we shall intensify our agitation."