Vijaypur, Jul 29: Former minister and National Conference State Secretary Surjeet Singh Slathia on Sunday slammed the BJP for pursuing polarizing politics and exploiting the Jammu sentiment by raising hollow slogans.
“The three years of the BJP partnered rule exposed the party, which pursued self-centric agenda and let down the people on every front”, Slathia said while addressing a public meeting at Village Smilpur Bari Brahmana in Vijaypur Assembly Constituency this afternoon.
He said the BJP gave Jammu nothing except reactionary and hate politics which eventually took toll of governance. The damage done to Jammu psyche is immense and the BJP leadership will have to come clear on the compelling reasons for ignoring the interests of this region, especially the border dwellers.
Slathia said the BJP compromised with the interest of people and bartered the development of Jammu in a big way. He said the utility services had almost turned dysfunctional while the developmental tempo came to grinding halt. He particularly made a mention of the services like power, drinking water, roads, health etcetera and said a crisis like situation prevailed in every sector due to lack of vision and will to do anything for Jammu.
“The power supply and drinking water had become quite erratic in the Jammu city, as elsewhere in the region, during the three years of misrule”, Slahtia said this is not something the people of Jammu region had never thought even in their wildest dreams. He said the failures of the BJP reminded the people of the enviable work done during the governments under National Conference, which laid a strong edifice of infrastructural development.
Assuring the people of getting their problems redressed, Slathia said the developmental inertia of the BJP has shattered their faith in democratic polity. “The BJP will get a befitting reply during the ensuing elections for its misrule and denial of justice to the people of Jammu”, he added.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Mohinder Gupta District President Samba, Vijay Singh Vice President, Bhagwan Singh Block President besides ex Sarpanches Jogeshwar Singh Jamwal, Gulab Din, Swaran Singh, Jagdish Singh, Balwant Singh, Brijpal Singh, Rampal Sharma, Subhash Chander Gadwal, Rampal Sharma Gho Brahmana, Subhash Chander, Angrez Singh, Mohan Lal, Sadiq Hussain, Gulam Navi, ex Panch Dilawar Singh besides Mohan Singh Katal, Madan Lal Jasbir Singh, Rajiv Singh Manhas, Baljinder Singh, Shiv Dev Singh Manhas and Kaka Manhas.
On the occasion prominent workers of the BJP joined National Conference. They included Ex Sub Chaman Singh, Nirmal Singh, Ravi Singh, Vikram Singh, Swaran Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Onkar Singh, Shashi Pal Singh, Sahil Singh Chohan, Anku Kumar, Deep Kumar, Sumit Kumar, Bharat Singh and Pawan Chohan.
Welcoming the new entrants, Slathia exuded confidence that they will further strengthen National Conference at the grass roots level and work for betterment of the people of the area.