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BJP, Congress two faces of same coin
5/3/2019 12:11:46 AM
Early Times Report

jammu, May 2: There is hardly any fundamental difference between the Congress and the BJP as far as their attitude towards Jammu is concerned. Both the national parties take the people of Jammu province for granted and ignore them in a most brazen manner. The BJP, in fact, treads the path the Congress charts.
The Congress, which enjoyed political power for decades with the mandate it got from Jammu from time to time, released two elections manifestos for the 2019 general elections. One was meant to woo the voters across the nation as well as its Kashmir region. It contained everything for Kashmir and nothing for Jammu and Ladakh. It was released on April 2 by AICC president Rahul Gandhi.
The Congress released the second manifesto last week at Leh. It was 100% Ladakh-centric. It talked about UT status, Bhoti language, road connectivity, Kailash-Mansarovar road from Leh and so on and so forth. The Manifesto was aimed at inducing the people of Ladakh in general and Buddhist-majority Leh district in particular so that they go out on May 6 and vote for its candidate Spalbar, former CEC, Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council. This manifesto, like the its national manifesto, didn't contain even a reference to Jammu and the problems the people of Jammu had been facing since 1947.
On Wednesday, the J&K BJP, which enjoyed power at the centre during the time of Vajpayee, and has been part of the present government at the Centre since May 2014, released its second manifesto like the Congress. This was the BJP's second manifesto and it was also released at Leh. The BJP had released its national manifesto on April 8 in the presence of PM Narendra Modi.
Apart from promising what the Congress promised in its Ladakh manifesto, the BJP promised district status to Zanskar, Drass, Nubra and Changthang; fully functional Ladakh Division, completion of New Airport Terminal, Medical and Engineering Colleges and opening of trade route between India and China through Changthang, creation of development authorities for tourism promotion, to mention only a few. In fact, the BJP, like the Congress, promised moon to the people of Ladakh in general and Leh district in particular.
While one can appreciate the positive attitude of both the Congress and BJP towards the neglected people of Ladakh, one just can't ignore their negative attitude towards the people of Jammu province, who had been suffering at the hands the J&K Government since October 1947, despite the fact that the Congress and the BJP enjoyed power with the support of Jammu and Jammu paid annually over 75% revenue to the state exchequer.
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