BJP Opposes Bandh Call By Pro-Jammu Panel

17 June 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Jammu: Instead of holding a dialogue with the AIIMS Coordination Committee, the 'arrogant' leadership of the state BJP unit today confronted the agitating leaders spearheading the protest against the alleged shifting of AIIMS to the Kashmir valley. The party leaders also opposed the 72-hour bandh call given by the Coordination Committee against the shifting of AIIMS from Jammu and delay in the construction of artificial lake on the Tawi. Reacting to the bandh call, state BJYM president Suresh Ajay Magotra said bandh was not a solution to any issue and the BJP was committed to setting up AIIMS in Jammu. He asked the Coordination Committee leadership to understand that building an AIIMS like institution takes time and it could not be accomplished by 'waving of a magic wand'. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during his visit to Jammu on May 27, had asked the state unit to hold dialogue with the AIIMS Coordination Committee, but nothing has been done in this direction so far. Rajnath Singh's first visit to Jammu, after the formation PDP-BJP government in J&K, was marred by an unprecedented bandh. The senior BJP leader had gauged the public mood against the shifting of AIIMS and had advised local party leaders to open a channel of communication with the agitating people. Magotra, meanwhile, asked the AIIMS Coordination Committee to honor the commitment made by responsible persons like Union Minister Jitendra Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, who had categorically assured the people of the region regarding the establishment of AIIMS in Jammu. He told the Coordination Committee leadership not to toughen its stand as it would not be in the interest of Jammu and advised them to resolve the issue through negotiation. Pertinently, the AIIMS Coordination Committee had given a 72-hour Jammu bandh call on Tuesday and state BJP president Jugal Kishore Sharma, who is also a Lok Sabha member from the Jammu-Poonch constituency, was prompt to react against the strike. Sharma had appealed to 'peace loving' people of Jammu not to pay attention to such people and trust the party which was committed to establishment of AIIMS in Jammu at all costs. He had said the bandh call would affect the coming Amarnath yatra and Vaishno Devi pilgrimage. The people should trust the government, which is committed to establishment of AIIMS and completion of work on the Tawi lake, Sharma had said.