Vijaypur, Aug 12: Former minister and National Conference State Secretary Surjeet Singh Slathia on Sunday termed the BJP as a sinking ship, saying inherent contradictions have brought the party on its last breath in Jammu.
“BJP is witnessing revolt from within with the growing realization about disenchantment of the people in Jammu, who have been betrayed and made to suffer during the nightmarish rule of the party in partnership with the equally opportunistic PDP”, Slathia said while addressing a public meeting at Ramgarh in Vijaypur Assembly Constituency Sunday afternoon.
The former minister said that the BJP cadres are openly questioning about its efficacy and admitting that the people of Jammu got a raw deal under its rule. “This is acknowledgement of the good work of the National Conference led successive governments, which did not only lay a strong edifice of development but also worked towards empowerment and economic emancipation of all the segments of society”, he maintained.
Slathia said that due to inept policies and administrative inexperience of the BJP, Jammu had got trapped in a dark tunnel with seemingly no way-out in sight. The mess created by the insensitive and inefficient coalition manifested in worst-ever crisis and total administrative failure during three crucial years, he added.
The former minister assailed the BJP for denying basic minimum necessities like power and drinking water to the people of Jammu, especially during summer months. The bad patches left by the insensitive dispensation need a complete course correction, he said, expressing the hope that the Governor’s administration would look after to these aspects. He particularly sought a contingency plan to meet the challenges of the ongoing monsoon based on the experiences of the previous years.
Referring to BJP failures, Slathia said it failed miserably in assuaging the aspirations of the people, who suffered discrimination and deprivation. The people friendly and Jammu centric initiatives taken by the previous National Conference led government were undone by the discredited coalition, as there was nothing like the government, as the administrative presence on ground remained zero.
Slathia also accused the BJP of pursuing reactionary politics, which saw polarization with mistrust between various segments of the society growing. “Such a situation is in conflict with glorious ethos of amity and brotherhood of the state, which has withstood test of times during most turbulent times, decades ago and in the recent past,” he maintained.
Prominent among those present in the public meeting included Vice President NC Vijay Singh, Youth President Riyaz Malik, Block President Purmandal Bhagwan Singh, Block President Ramgarh Mohan Singh Patti, Secretary Samba Sodagar Gupta City President NC Vijaypur Omparkash Attri Sectary NC samba besides Ex Chairman Municipal Corporation Bari Brahmana Raman Gupta. The former Sarpanches Subhash Chander, Jasbir Singh Raja Singh, Puran Chand Prem pal Choudhary Shiv Ram Tajinder Singh Omparkash Choudhary Darshan Singh Baldev Singh Gara Choudhary Sarban Dass Bagwan Dass Mohan Lal Sharma Rampal Sharma, Kamal Kumar were also present on the occasion.
During the public meeting, BJP’s Ex Chairman Municipal Corporation Ramgarh, Puran Chand, Vijay Kumar, Kaka Singh, Prem Nath, Gulzari Lal, Parshotam Lal, Kamal Jeet Kanu, Pardeep and Balbinder Singh joined the National Conference.
Slathia welcomed the new entrants into the party fold and expressed the hope that it will further strengthen the National Conference at the grass roots level.