Jammu, November 24 | Lambasting the J&K administration for adopting two different yardsticks in respect to the eviction of ex- Ministers and MLAs from government accommodation, scores of Panther activists led by Harsh Dev Singh and Yash Paul Kundal, State President-Young Panthers staged a vociferous protest demonstration at Exhibition Ground Jammu. While raising the slogans against the BJP, the agitated protesters accused the Saffron party of allowing its leaders to illegally occupy the Govt. Quarters & Ministers Bungalows and executing forceful eviction of the leaders of opposition from their allotted residences.
Addressing the media, Harsh Dev Singh said the BJP had been running a proxy rule in J&K to impose two sets of laws here, one for itself and other for the opposition. “While the BJP ex- Ministers and MLAs are conferred with all kind luxuries of life at the cost of taxpayers’ money, the leaders of the opposition are being made victims of political vendetta and policy of persecution”. He pointed out that BJP leaders were still occupying the government quarters illegally in brazen defiance of the administration’s notice for eviction were as many leaders of the opposition had either vacated their residence at will or several others were evicted forcefully from their quarters by the department of Estates.
“Ex- Ministers and MLAs of the BJP including its leaders are enjoying the govt. accommodation without paying the rent for several months and without a single penny having been paid as power and water tariff. Isn’t it a loot of public exchequer? Is the notice for eviction only for the opposition and not for the BJP?”, asked Harsh?
Castigating the BJP for pursuing the policy of persecution against its political adversaries, Harsh Dev Singh regretted that the Saffron brigade had stooped to a low level of politics and was resorting to ‘witch-hunting’ against the leaders who had exposed its double standards and raised voice against its acts of duplicity and deceit. He asserted while others may have been cowed down by BJP’s intimidatory tactics, it’s only Panthers Party which would continue to unveil all nefarious plans of the Saffron party with sheer audacity.
“BJP has held constitution hostage in J&K. Its dictatorial policy of suppression will not last long. The people have become well versed with their real face. BJP is a murderer of democracy which will face the wrath of the public verdict in the next Assembly elections”, roared Harsh. He called upon Lieutenant Governor to take cognizance of the illegal occupation of the government quarters and bungalows by the BJP leaders. He sought early eviction of all ex- Ministers and MLAs from the govt. accommodation besides stern action against the defiant leaders who were illegally occupying the same in collusion with a biased administration.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Gagan Pratap Singh, Parshotam Parihar, Surinder Chouhan, Rohit Sharma, Nirmal Kishore, Brij Bhushan Singh, Khajoor Singh, Mohinder Singh, Udhayveer, Naresh Singh, Sultan Singh, Kewal Krishan Sharma, Arun Khajuria, Makhan Lal besides others.