On first day in winter capital, Mehbooba faces massive protests

Jammu: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti after opening the Civil Secretariat in Jammu faced widespread protests from the Opposition parties especially National Conference and Congress.

Led by senior leader Mustafa Kamal National Conference leaders and workers staged a protest march from the party office in Jammu but were stopped as they marched towards the Civil Secretariat. “Over 300 of our workers including the Provincial President and other senior leaders’ courted arrest,” NC spokesman said.

The NC leaders accused BJP-PDP coalition in the state of “complete failure” to govern the stat. Kamal said be it Kashmir or Jammu or Ladakh, this BJP-PDP government has completely failed on all the fronts.”

Meanwhile, some senior Congress activists including Mahila Congress leaders sustained minor injuries when the police prevented them from proceeding ahead and resorted to mild lathi charge to thwart the attempt of the PCC leaders to Gherao Civil Secretariat on the opening day of darbar in Jammu.

Congress activists led by President of J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), G A Mir carried placards and shouted slogans highlighted the problems and demands of various sections in the state and reminding the two parties of their poll promises to the people of different sections of the state.

As the protesters reached Raghunath Mandir Chowk, a heavy contingent of police laid barricades and prevented the Congress leaders from proceeding towards Civil Secretariat via Raghunath Bazaar, City Chowk.

Upon this the Congress leaders held a dharna and strong protest demonstration at the site raising slogans against the state government for trying to prevent them from lodging protests over the failures of the government in the peaceful and democratic manner.

Later the leaders insisted on marching ahead which resulted into minor scuffle and the police resorting to mild lathi charge. Earlier, addressing the gathering PCC Chief Mir lashed out at the PDP-BJP government in the state for its failure on all fronts and vitiating the atmosphere of peace and harmony in the state due to their wrong and directionless policies.

He said that the Modi led government at the centre has failed to fulfill a single commitment with the people and has brought miseries for the common man due to unprecedented price hike in the country.

Mir said that two power hungry forces in the state (PDP & BJP) having nothing common in their ideology have joined hands for the sake of power leaving aside all important commitments with the people of the state.

He said that both the coalition partners have fail to honor the vital commitments for which they secured their respective mandate.

“Both the coalition partners have betrayed their electorate as a result the people each and every section of the society are suffering and are disappointed over the functioning of this government. The border residents are suffering due to unprecedented incidents of ceasefire violations resulting into loss of lives and property forcing people to migrate,” he said.

“The Centre and State Govt. failed to fulfill the commitment for safe shelter to them in the shape of plots and bunkers. The displaced people and refugees of 1947, 65, 71 have been neglected, the farmers are facing great hardships, the unemployed youth and other daily wagers, casual workers besides employees and pensioners are agitating on roads for their genuine demands, the Kashmiri migrants are facing hardships on various accounts including ration, the SC & tribal people are agitating for their rights,” he added.

Mir said the government has failed to provide ration as per scale and people are suffering for the last one and half years. (PTK)

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