The Coordination Committee of civil and political groups has decided to intensify its agitation to seek AIIMS for Jammu, even as its chain hunger strike entered third day today.
As per a press release, addressing the protestors, the chairman and Bar Association president Abhinav Sharma said that the Coordination Committee members, 'who are backed to the hilt by all, barring the BJP and its coalition partner, will leave no stone unturned to achieve their two immediate goals-establishment of AIIMS in Jammu and early completion of Artificial Lake on river Tawi.
He claimed that the aggrieved people of Jammu Province gave a befitting reply to Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed by rejecting his invitation for a meeting with civil society members of the region .
The Chairman said that the civil society meeting had been called by the chief minister 'to draw away the spirit and inspiration of the agitating people of Jammu Province'.
The people are politically too mature that no one can fool them, he asserted and further expressed thanks to Jammu Adhikar Manch, Jammu State Morcha, Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Foundation, Rural Women Empowerment Association and Doordarshan Approved Drama Artists Association for their support to the ongoing movement for the promotion of Jammu cause and force the insensitive and anti Jammu authorities to establish the sanctioned AIIMS in Jammu. Abhinav Sharma further said that he is being approached by one and all offering his support for the cause the people of Jammu hold very dear and said that he will rise up to their expectations come what may.
President of CCI, Rakesh Gupta, also lambasted the biased authorities in the state and at the center for their hostile attitude towards the reasonable demands of the people of Jammu Province and warned them of serious consequences in case they continued to test the patience of the 'grossly ignored and politically neglected masses of Jammu region'. He said the Coordination Committee has been agitating since May 19 to persuade the authorities to see the region before it is too late, but with no result.
The CCI president alleged that the authorities are willfully pushing the people of Jammu region to the wall to appease their constituency in the valley at the cost of other regions of the state. He said that the AIIMS coordination committee is disgusted with the stunned silence of the BJP leadership including its Ministers 'who are simply dancing to the tunes of their Kashmiri masters without realizing the damage they are causing to their own long term political interests'.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Retd Sessions Judge and chairman JPPF, Pavitar Singh, Chowdhary Shah Mohammad, president Gujjar United Front, Madan Dogra, retd Chief Engineer, M S Katoch, Bishan Singh Jamwal, Aashiq Hussain, Shia Federation, eminent doordarshan artists Janak Raj Khajuria, uttam Singh, Madan Rangila, Vinod Saini, Manjeet Singh, Manmohan Singh, ex-president Raghunath Bazar Association, Kewal Sharma and Mukand Lal Sharma, president J&K Pensioners Association. JKNI