Nationalist forces to emerge stronger in elections: Shanta Kumar

9 November 2008
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) convenor J&K State and former Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh, Shanta Kumar said it is the need of hour that the spirit shown by the Jammu public during the two month long Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti agitation be converted into political empowerment of Jammu region. Mr Kumar, who was talking to media persons here today in connection with merger of Praja Parishad led by Chander Mohan Sharma into BJP, said this is the only solution to end the 60 year long discrimination with Jammu region. He said these elections will create a new history in the state and political scenario will completely change as the secessionist elements will be pushed to wall and nationalist forces will emerge stronger. Mr Kumar also made a fervent appeal to all nationalist forces in the state to ensure that their votes do not get bifurcated. Welcoming Mr Chander Mohan Sharma and his team into the Party fold he said they have joined the BJP without setting pre-conditions and this will further strengthen the organisation. Exuding confidence in BJP showing best results at hustings, he said the Party will announce its poll manifesto within next few days. The BJP state president, Ashok Khajuria said with the merger of Praja Parishad, the BJP will get an advantage in the ensuing elections. He stressed that the unity of all nationalist forces and joint struggle by the people of Jammu and Ladakh regions will end the present discrimination with the two regions. Mr Chander Mohan Sharma said that the decision of merging the Praja Parishad into BJP was taken in the working Committee meeting of the organization. He announced that he and his team will now work for the victory of BJP candidates. Besides NC leader Pt. Narayan Dutt Sharma along with his supporters also joined BJP during the function. He said the decision to quit the NC was taken by him and his supporters as they were hurt by the statement of NC patriarch, Omar Abdullah in Parliament that not an inch of land will be given to SASB in Kashmir Valley.