Delimitation Commission meeting | Demoting state into UT black mark on people's dignity: Altaf Bukhari

Welcoming the new entrants into the party-fold, Bukhari said that while the people of Jammu empowered BJP in the erstwhile state but the requisite developmental progress remained still missing on ground zero.
Welcoming the new entrants into the party-fold, Bukhari said that while the people of Jammu empowered BJP in the erstwhile state but the requisite developmental progress remained still missing on ground zero.File/ GK

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party president Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari on Saturday stated that demoting a State into Union Territory had been “a black mark on the dignity and the integrity of the people of J&K who were routinely now being pushed from pillar to post for the mitigation of their sufferings.”

He stated this on the sidelines of a function wherein the former senior BJP leader and its J&K publicity secretary Arun Kumar Chibber along with his scores of associates joined the Apni Party. The joining ceremony took place in presence of senior vice president Ghulam Hassan Mir along with J&K general secretary Vikram Malhotra, provincial president Manjeet Singh, provincial president women wing Namarta Sharma, district president urban Pranav Shagotra, ex MLA Faqeer Nath.

Welcoming the new entrants into the party-fold, Bukhari said that while the people of Jammu empowered BJP in the erstwhile state but the requisite developmental progress remained still missing on ground zero.

“The story of Jammu division is the same as that of Kashmir where developmental works have been kept in an unending pendency while the taller claims about progress and prosperity are being made every single day through media propagation. What has BJP done for the people of Jammu? It is a question that every single person from Jammu is asking today,” he said.

“People of J&K have at numerous times given their unwavering support to the national and regional political parties but the promises made with them were never fulfilled and requisite developmental works have mostly been carried out with a snail’s pace. There have been unprecedented alliances between the parties that claimed to be poles apart but the condition of people continues to remain the same. The public yearns for progress and good governance which regrettably is not visible on ground,” he said

Bukhari said that Apni Party had given a ray of hope to all the divisions and sub-regions of Jammu and Kashmir as its agenda was development centric and people from all backgrounds irrespective of their ethnicity and community were joining this caravan of change.

“The edifice of our party is on the overall development and progress of J&K. It is the sole party that has potentially discarded regional biases and incorporated an all-inclusive and democratic system that is what our constitution has enshrined. We are firm against divisive politics and speak only one tongue irrespective of condition or place. Our youth must remember that it was the Apni Party that put forth its unstinted efforts for the implementation of Domicile law, job security and SRO 202,” he remarked.

He said that the Apni Party stood resolute in its demand for the restoration of statehood and dignity of the people and the government must initiate electoral processes in J&K without any further delay.

“The dignity of people of J&K needs to be restored as per their aspirations and the Central Government needs to resonate with the demands of people that should begin with the restoration of Statehood followed by elections,” he said.

Speaking on this occasion, Arun K. Chibber thanked the party leadership while saying that it was Apni Party’s deliverance on ground and its connection with the people that motivated him to join the party cadres.

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