Peerzada's Statement Stirs Up Hornet's Nest
22 September 2004
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: NC accuses Cong of making false promises THE NATIONAL Conference (NC) has alleged that the Congress has deceived the people of Jammu by making 'false and cheap' slogans. Jammu NC provincial president Ajay Sadhotra, while addressing public meetings at Jourian and Khour, today said during the 2002 Assembly elections, Congress leaders had promised to provide Jammu with its first Chief Minister and implement the Wazir Commission report. 'Now the people of Jammu have understood that these were just hollow slogans inspired by vote-bank politics,' he said. Sadhotra said none of the two promises have been fulfilled by the Congress. 'On the contrary, Pradesh Congress president Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed has rejected the Wazir Commission report and termed it as useless,' he added. Sadhotra appealed to the people of Akhnoor constituency to vote for NC candidate Baldev Singh Bau. Speaking on the occasion, NC Kalakote MLA Rachpal Singh asserted that the NC was the only party that has served the people of the state in the past and would continue to serve them in the future. In his address, Bau said given a chance to serve the people of Akhnoor, he would ensure that their aspirations are met and all their problems solved. Lashing out at the coalition government in the state, he said poor farmers, labourers and government employees were the worst sufferers of the policies of the present regime. Meanwhile, Abdul Aziz Katoch, vice-chairman of Jammu State Morcha (JSM)joined the NC along with his supporters. BJP rallies behind protesting TV artistes SHAMSHER SINGH Manhas, state vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, has expressed serious concern over the withdrawal of funds allotted to Jammu and Leh Doordarshan Kendras and alleged transferring of the same to the Kashmir Doordarshan. He accused the Congress regime at the Centre of adopting discriminatory policies against the two regions to appease the Kashmiri leadership. In a press statement issued here today, Singh urged the people of Jammu and Ladakh to express full solidarity with Jammu-based TV professionals and strengthen their voice against pro-Kashmir policies. State general secretary of BJP, Ashok Khajuria, and party's executive body member Vishvinder Sharma also joined the dharna of Jammu-based TV professionals in front of the Jammu Doordarshan Kendra to lend support to their protest. Meanwhile, former MLA Bali Bhagat, who is also the state general secretary of the party, has extended his support to protesting agricultural technocrats and urged the state Governor to intervene in the selection of teaching faculty for SKAUST, Jammu. He demanded an inquiry into the selection procedure, as only 50 individuals from Jammu have been selected while 120 outsiders are SKAUST faculty members.