|Early Times Report|
Jammu, May 19: After a brief lull owing to the Parliamentary elections, regular monthly meeting of the SOS International was held here today under the chairmanship of Rajiv Chuni, chief of the prominent organization of the PoK Displaced Persons. During the meeting, which was attended by a large number of PoK Displaced Persons from different parts of Jammu city, a threadbare discussion was held on the issues confronting the community as well as long pending demands for permanent settlement of the PoK DPs. While addressing the gathering, Rajiv Chuni drew attention towards the latest developments, particularly the ongoing Lok Sabha elections and insensitive attitude of the major political parties, including BJP and Congress, towards the plights of PoK DPs. The SOS International Chairman justified the decision taken by the community to field own candidate in the elections notwithstanding the financial and other constraints. "Whatever may be outcome of the results or number of votes polled in our support, the PoK DPs have established that the community will no more rely on these political parties, which have always ditched us," he said. Stressing that like dharna and protest demonstrations, contesting elections was now a part of the struggle of PoK DPs to highlight their issues vociferously, Rajiv Chuni exhorted the community to be united and ready for the next Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, whatever time they are held.