Minister of state for PMO Jitendra Singh on Saturday said Basohli town deserves to be declared a "heritage" town, but said the state government did not cooperate on a proposal put forward by the BJP.
"BJP officially recognises Basohli as a separate district in its organisational set-up but the state government has constantly denied it the status of a district," he added.
Singh was addressing a series of public meetings at Dalman, Benod, Manpur and Athoon villages in Basohli.
"The art and paintings of Basohli are hailed and promoted worldwide except in the state of J&K which is a sad irony," Singh added.
Singh said the apathy was a "glaring instance of cultural discrimination" with Jammu due to Kashmir-centric approach of the state government. "The monuments and scenic spots of the area richly deserve to be developed as tourist spots," he added.
Jitendra Singh said the BJP will strive for justice and due attention for Basohli. He also reiterated the demand for a separate hill district comprising Bani-Basohli-Billawar.
Singh regretted the poor state of roads and said these are the issues on BJP's priority. He appealed for a vote for the saffron party. Choudhary Lal Singh, the BJP candidate from Basohli accompanied Jitendra Singh during the tour.