Accusing the Congress-NC coalition of misleading people of the state on the issue of new administrative units, state BJP president Jugal Kishore Sharma on Wednesday asked the Congress to make its stand public on the issue.
"The cabinet sub-committee (CSC) headed by the Congress cannot be trusted, as it is under the influence of the NC that is administering threat that it would implement the anti-Jammu recommendations as contained in the official Mushtaq Ganai report on administrative units in case it failed to submit its report by January 31," said Sharma, and added that the Ganai recommendations, if implemented, would constitute yet another fraud on the marginalised people of Jammu province and Ladakh region, who constitute more than half of the state's population and occupy more than 89 per cent of the state's land.
"The BJP wants the Congress-NC coalition to create new administrative units ensuring balance in Jammu province, where developmental activities could be undertaken more easily as compared to the Valley. Jammu province deserves a minimum of five new districts: RS Pura, Jammu rural, Nowshera, Billawar-Basohli, besides many tehsils, panchayats, niabats and blocks, as it is two times that of Kashmir, and bulk of the area of Jammu province is mountainous and inaccessible," said Sharma.
Sharma also dismissed as "a pressure tactic" the threat of the NC that it would snap ties with the Congress and chief minister Omar Abdullah would resign in case the CSC doesn't endorse his stand on the new administrative units.
"The Congress would suffer an ignominious defeat in the upcoming general and assembly elections in the state in general and Jammu province and Ladakh in particular in case it ignored the norms for the creation of new administrative units and toe the line of the NC," said Sharma.
"Let the unpopular coalition government fall. The BJP is fully prepared for the electoral exercise even if it is organised along with the Lok Sabha elections," he added.