JAMMU: Asserting that the Democratic Azad Party was collapsing under its own weight, the Jammu and Kashmir Congress on Saturday said that its doors were open for all secular-minded people, hinting at the re-entry of three former leaders who were expelled from DAP earlier this week.
In a significant political development, the DAP expelled three of its senior members—Tara Chand, Dr Manohar Lal and Balwan Singh— for ‘anti-party activities’ on Thursday evening, leading to speculation as to where the trio is headed to.
“The DAP is collapsing under its own weight, sooner than expected. Those who had joined Ghulam Nabi Azad because of some close proximity with him, sooner realized the real game plan of new party viz is to divide the secular votes and help BJP only,” said JKPCC chief Vikar Rasool Wani, addressing a press conference in Jammu on Saturday.
They felt ditched by the fake slogans of Azad-led group which is yet to be registered or recognized by ECI, or leaving on their own, he said.
When asked if the trio was returning to Congress, Wani said that the doors of party are always open for secular minded people and forces.
“However, final decisions will be taken at appropriate time, if need be,” he added.
Wani also took a strong exception to the approach of Centre Government and LG administration towards the agitating employees of PM package and reserved category of Jammu serving in Kashmir, who are seeking reallocation in view of the security situation that has emerged in the recent past especially in the wake of target killings of minority employees and others.
Extending full support to the cause of the agitating employees, Wani questioned the BJP-led centre government and the LG administration for their unsympathetic approach on the genuine issues of these employees.
These employees have rendered their services and routine duties for the past several years without a fuss, they performed their duties smoothly, staying in the rented accommodations apart from the transit accommodations allotted to majority of them, said Wani, flanked by AICC Joint Secretary Co-incharge J&K affairs Manoj Jadav, Working President Raman Bhalla, former minister Mula Ram, Chief Spokesperson Ravinder Sharma and other senior leaders.
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“What forced them to seek reallocation to safer zone for the past few months is due to the unfortunate targeted killings of innocents including their colleagues while performing their duties in the valley which made them vulnerable, forcing them to raise these demands.
“Instead of sympathizing with them and resolving their genuine demands, the government is harassing them and threatening to stop their salaries under such circumstances while the BJP leadership has utterly failed to come to their rescue and is shedding crocodile tears only, which is very unfortunate and shameful, exposing the double standard of the ruling party over the safety and security of the innocent especially the minorities in the valley,” he said.
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“While in opposition, the BJP always forcefully raised the issue of security of KP’s and other minorities in Kashmir, but since in power from 2014, BJP Government did nothing, for these suffering sections and are only shedding crocodile tears for them, who are genuinely raising their concern fearing insecurity and threats to their lives. Why double standards of BJP on this issue,” he questioned, urging the government to sympathetically resolve their issues immediately.
“The party fully supports the concern of the agitating employees and seeks redressal of their genuine demands for their safety and security and seeks immediate and urgent measures in this regards including relocation to safer zones including Jammu and release of their pending salaries immediately, otherwise party will join their agitation,” he added.
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He urged all like-minded People, NGOs, political parties, forces and other groups of individuals to join Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi against politics of hate and division, record unemployment and unprecedented price rise and other sufferings of general public.
Prominent among the others present on the occasion included Rajnish Sharma, Shabir Ahmed Khan, Indu Pawar, Hari Singh Chib, Pranav Shagotra, Pawan Raina, Shashi Sharma, Gurdarshan Singh, Kuldeep Raj Verma, Karan Bhagat, Narinder Gupta, Feroz Khan, Suresh Dogra, Kapil Chib, Sahil Sharma, Bilal Rashid, Thomas Khokhar, Uttam Singh Chib, Ritu Choudhar (Corporator) and others.