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Over 30 migrant KP youth join Apni Party
3/4/2021 11:31:48 PM
EARLY TIMES REPORT

JAMMU, Mar 4: Over 30 migrant Kashmiri Pandit (KP) youth today joined the Apni Party here at Gandhi Nagar. The joining programme was organized at the Party office in an impressive function by Abhay Bakaya, State General Secretary, Youth Wing Apni Party and Shoukat Ahmed youth activist from Ganderbal at Apni Party headquarters.
Speaking on the occasion, Vivek Sapru activist said that he belonged to no party but was influenced by the vision of progressive and pragmatic politics of the Apni Party and decided to join it and use its platform to highlight the problems of the displaced community.
Vijay Bakaya, General Secretary, Apni Party while welcoming the youth into the party, exhorted them to spread its ideology of development of all areas and cross sections of the population of J&K without making false promises and focusing on achievable goals.
He said the displacement of the KP community was a monumental tragedy but the manner in which the KP community had endured it was exemplary. He said there were many families which had no income other than relief of 13 thousand rupees which was an increase of just 12000 in 30 years over the initial relief of 1000 rupees sanctioned in 1990. He demanded that this relief be increased to at least 25 thousand rupees which would be barely sufficient to make the family of 4 to live with dignity.
He suggested that their vote after migration had no value as it was counted in Kashmir while they were living here. None the less he said the community should exercise its right to vote and register its presence in the political arena.
Bakaya stated that the Apni Party wanted the return of KPs worth honour and dignity but according to a roadmap which would be prepared in consultation with representatives of the Community.
Meanwhile, other leaders who were present on the occasion included Vikram Malhotra General Secretary Apni Party, Manjit Singh Provincial President Apni Party, Namrata Sharma Provincial President Women Wing, Faqir Nath Ex-MLA, Pranav Shagotra Coordinator Central and several others.
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