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Samba, Apr 4 Asserting that the BJP govt’s claims of ushering a ‘new era of dawn’ post Article 370 abrogation has proved a farce, Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and former Minister regretted that the erstwhile State had faced worst ever crisis during the last few years. “The development inertia, the crashing economy, back breaking inflation, soaring unemployment, resentment among farmers and border dwellers, bourgeoning culture of corruption etc have made the situation from bad to worse in J&K”, said Singh. He was addressing huge public meeting at village Moutlian Nagrota of Samba constituency today along with Yash Paul Kundal former Minister and General Secretary of the Party. While addressing the gatherings, Harsh Dev Singh lambasted the GoI for its failure to flatten the curve of corona pandemic whose second wave was sweeping the country and had exposed the vulnerability of the prevalent Health care system.“J&K too has seen sudden surge in the corona cases with several fatalities having occurred during the past one year. Govt hospitals are in chaos and the total collapse of health services has raised the eyebrows over the functioning of the M&HE department. Referring to the border conflicts, increased militant activity and resultant losses of lives and property”, Singh rued that factual reports had laid bare the ground realities and punctured the government’s peace claims. He said ever since the abrogation of J&K’s special status, both the LoC and the IB have witnessed an escalation in ceasefire violations by Pakistan. The rogue nation has been pounding forward villages causing immense loss to the lives and property of the border dwellers. Not only the border skirmishes have soared but the belligerent nation also continued to infiltrate militants, arms and drugs to vitiate peace in the region. The failure of the BJP government to curb Pak sponsored terror has pitted J&K against all odds. Spike in political and civilian killing in the region has corroborated the security lapse in the system. The opposition leaders have been deliberately deprived of adequate security cover and the dissenting leaders are being targeted under a deep rooted conspiracy, said Harsh. Ruing the country’s plunging economy with GDP having fallen to an all time low during the last few quarters, Singh said that back breaking inflation and rise in unemployment had brought the growth rate to the grinding halt. He said that skyrocketing prices of fuel and essential commodities had robbed the pockets of the common man. He regretted that inflation had become a benchmark of BJP’s governance and looting people had always been its nasty motive. “The petrol, diesel and LPG have become dearer and as a result the prices of other essentials have also soared. The prices of vegetables, fruits, dairy products, cereals and others have gone beyond the reach of the common masses”, Harsh said. Alleging brazen disregard for the concerns of the educated unemployed and underemployed youth of J&K by the incumbent govt. Singh regretted that discontent amongst youth was growing with each passing day. He however regretted that not only were the youth cheated in the name of employment package but the existing vacancies were also allowed to remain unfilled. Yash Paul Kundal while raising the issue of the farmers expressed concern over the highly undemocratic and authoritarian approach of the ruling party in Parliament in rushing through the farmers related bills. He expressed his anguish over the passage of three Agriculture related bills without holding any debate. “This is sheer murder of democracy. Coercive and unconstitutional means to suppress the voice of people will only bring civil unrest. The farmers all across the country have been protesting against the bills. They are apprehensive about getting Minimum Support Price for their produce.


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