Ramgarh- Asserting that the people desperately want assembly elections for the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, Apni Party President Syed Mohammed Altaf Bukhari on Saturday said that Jammu has a major role to play in upcoming elections by isolating the divisive forces that are bent upon destroying peaceful communal atmosphere.
The political alienation of the people is widely being felt that is why there is desperation for assembly elections for the first time unlike the past, Altaf Bukhari said while addressing a one day worker’s convention in Ramgarh in Samba.
The worker’s convention was organized by Advocate Sahil Bharti under the guidance of Provincial President, Jammu, S. Manjit Singh.
On this occasion, dozens of people including Advocates joined the Apni Party in presence of the Party President and other senior leaders. Altaf Bukhari welcomed them into the Party fold and hoped that their joining would strengthen the Party.
Bukhari said BJP has betrayed the people of Jammu even after ruling Jammu and Kashmir indirectly through Lt Governor and Advisors from Delhi.
“They came to power by turning Jammu against Kashmir for political gains like NC, PDP and Congress Party but later they betrayed the trust of the Jammuities who gave them 25 assembly seats in erstwhile State of J&K. Within 24 hours, they joined hands with PDP and formed a coalition Govt bringing miseries for the people of both the Regions,” he said.
He further said that “BJP do not respect the sentiments of the people. They want power and to serve their political purpose.” He appreciated the people of Jammu for accommodating the people who migrated due to violence and other reasons from Kashmir and other parts of Jammu region and settled in Jammu.
“People of Jammu have a big heart as they accommodated the people from all regions, and religions including Kashmiri Pandits, Kashmiri Muslims and others. Jammuities have maintained communal harmony despite all odds and attempts by the enemy of peace,” he added while appreciating the people in general.
He said “The historic Dogra State was downgraded into two Union Territories and the Article 370 and Art 35A were scrapped for the political interest after snatching all the basic rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. As the Govt of India and Bureaucracy are enjoying the power, they do not want assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir which is being demanded by the people of the erstwhile State from both the Regions. It is for the first time after 1947 that people are demanding assembly polls as it has never happened in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.”
He said that the BJP has allowed the non-locals to extract natural resources and sell them at higher rates due to which the construction cost has increased. This emerging situation has snatched the source of employment for hundreds of local people across Jammu and Kashmir and made them helpless.
“We will not tolerate policies which are against the interest of the people. If the Apni Party forms the next Govt, we will push outside Lakhanpur all the non-locals who have exploited the natural resources,” he said.
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