Updated: August 6, 2021 3:54:57 am
The J&K unit of BJP on Thursday celebrated the decision taken on August 5, 2019 to abrogate special status to the erstwhile state as national integration day across the Union Territory, with party workers taking out Tiranga rallies across Jammu division, including one at Katra led by former minister Ajay Nanda.
A documentary was screened at the party headquarters, showing the party’s struggle against Article 370. But as the documentary concluded, a senior party leader, Chander Mohan Sharma, expressed concern that it had no mention of Pt Prem Nath Dogra, founder of Praja Parishad, Rishi Kumar Koushal and Shiv Charan Gupta, who among many others initiated the struggle against the idea of two Prime Ministers, two Constitutions, and two flags in one country, he said.
PDP and NSUI members, meanwhile, held demonstrations. The PDP said the government should withdraw “black law’’ abrogating Article 370, while NSUI sought restoration of statehood to J&K.
Congress spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said the Centre’s promise of 50,000 government jobs in three months and opening of the private sector has turned out to be a “big bluff”. While militancy continues to rise, Kashmiri Pandits have not been able to return home, he said.
The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry building was illuminated on the occasion but the mood inside was not that upbeat, with office-bearers saying that although they “support abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, certain decisions taken thereafter by the present administration are hurting us”.
Ankur Sharma, chairperson of hardline IkkJutt Jammu, said that the public mood in Jammu was somber not over abrogation of special status but for the “betrayal in taking it to its logical conclusion’’. “Abrogating Article 370 and 35A was the best thing to do, as we had fought for it, but certain steps were required to be taken thereafter in a direction. However, they (the Centre) chose the opposite direction…” he said.
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