Jammu, August 14: Ram Singh Chauhan, Chairman, Paddar Development Forum District Kishtwar & Kuldeep Kumar Rao, President, Thathri Development Front, District Doda, in a joint press statement issued here have appealed to the poor People of Chenab Valley not to get misled by the statements of different wings of all these political parties who have ruled the state for the last 70 years.
They said that Revoking of Art. 370 & 35-A will affect only to the Political Parties and their wings & also affect to anti-nationals, Pak sympathizers’ & blackmailing elements who simply ground their own axe at the cost of National interest & the lives of poor people of J&K in general & people of Valley in particular for the last 70 years. They said that Congress, NC & PDP are responsible for the abrogation of Art. 370 & 35-A, they are not a saviour of democratic Institutions or Art.370 or 35-A, but are the real killers of these Institutions & they have simply exploited the sentiments of people in the garb of Art. 370 & 35-A to enhance their political interests.
The real beneficiaries are only a few Political families, politicians & bureaucrats’ not poor people of Kashmir, Jammu or Ladakh. Why no implementation of constitutional amendment no 73 & 74 to empower the Panchyati Raj Institutions in the interest of the poor people of the state? Why six years term for Assembly in the State contrary to other states in the country? Is it not the misuse of article 370 they questioned? We have to discard all these spent forces in whatever colour they come before the masses, they said.
They further said that NC & Congress have ruled the state for about 67 years is squarely responsible for all evils, neglect, underdevelopment, corruption, nepotism & discrimination with Jammu & Ladhak regions in general & the rural areas of Kashmir Division in particular & they are primarily answerable not exploiting huge potential of Hydro-electric projects, huge mineral wealth like world-famous sapphire, gypsum, ruthless cutting & wasting forest wealth, huge scenic spots in the entire Chenab Valley ignored particularly after “ NOORI” film success in particular & they (NC & Congress) always remained against decentralization of powers as a result far off hilly & remote area of the entire J&K state remained neglected & under development. In J&K employment is only for the wards & relatives of politicians not for the wards of poor people of Kashmir, Ladhak or Jammu, & now these political parties & their different wings are befooling the educated unemployed youths of Kashmir, Jammu & Ladhak& also to OBC people of J&K only because they have lost their ground and now trying to regain it by playing politics over the Art. 370 & 35-A.
They further said that it is NC- Congress that strangulated the democracy when Late Sheik Mohd Abdullah became Chief Minister without having a single NC, Legislator in the Assembly during Sheik Abdullah-Indira Gandhi Accord in 1975. The mass scale rigging in 1987 general elections under Farooq- Rajiv Gandhi Accord gave birth to the militancy in the state for which NC-Congress can never be forgiven in the history. And when in one breath, NC & PDP call for boycott Panchyat & local Bodies election & then NC become victorious in Parliament election securing just 8 to 10 % votes. They further said that NC & Congress are befooling the people of Chenab Valley & Pir Panchal that they have done equitable development to all the three regions during their rule in the state.
They have welcomed the historical decision of Modi Government for the abrogation of Art. 370 & 35-A as it is the need of the hour for peace, national security & integration & also for the equitable development of all the three regions & rural & urban areas of the state. They also appealed to His Excellency the Governor of the State to conduct an enquiry of all the beneficiaries of Roshni Act in the state & take action against those who have misused their power & grabbed huge state & Forest land by taking benefit of Roshni Act in the state.