Describing the PDP-BJP agenda of alliance as the root cause of ongoing struggle in Jammu region for the establishment of AIIMS here and urging the BJP to distance itself completely from it, AIIMS Coordination Committee (ACC) chairman and JKHCBA Jammu president, Abhinav Sharma today said it was strange that BJP conceded the demand of the PDP seeking establishment of AIIMS in Kashmir even before becoming part of the government.
Addressing a gathering of people at Dharna Sthal here, Sharma said that he agreed with those who term the agenda of alliance as a new charter of bondage for the people of Jammu region and asserted that the woes of the people of the region would increase manifold in the coming days in case the BJP insisted on the implementation of the agenda of alliance, which is, undoubtedly patently anti-Jammu.
He claimed that the ACC suspended the 6-day bandh taking into account the difficulties being faced by all sections of society and not simply because the Union Health Ministry in its letter of August 4 suggested that alternate pieces of land would be identified in both Jammu and Srinagar.
"We have only suspended bandh, not our agitation," he said, adding that the ACC would give a radical twist to the agitation in case the BJP failed to deliver the promise within next few days.
"If things assume alarming proportions in Jammu region owing to the failure of BJP to deliver the promise after the Monsoon session of the Parliament was over, the BJP, and not the ACC, will be responsible for the serious consequences," he further said, and added that the people of Jammu region are anxiously looking forward for the notification identifying the place where the sanctioned AIIMS will be established.
Speaking on the occasion, president JPPF and (Retd) Sessions Judge, Pavitar Singh said ACC is standing united as before and it will not leave any stone unturned to achieve a full-fledged AIIMS for Jammu.
He rejected the BJP claim that the NDA government at the Centre has agreed to set up two AIIMS, one each in Jammu and Srinagar and said the people of Jammu region are not so naive that they don't understand what is being said by the BJP to mislead and hoodwink them.
The gathering was addressed by Narayan Singh, president Amar Kashtriya Rajput Sabha; Inderjeet Khajuria, president All J&K Passenger Transport Association; Devinder Chowdhary, Dr C L Gupta, Advocate Rajesh Thapa, working president JPPF; M S Katoch and Anan Sharma besides others.
Those who sat on hunger strike included president Dalit Chetna Manch, Sham Lal Basson; Comarade Saroop Singh, Sunita Sharma, Geeta Dogra, Advocate Brij Mohan, Madan Lal Abrol, Madan Lal Sharma and Sardar Jaspal Singh.