SRINAGAR: After BJP national president Amit Shah blamed the Mehbooba Mufti government for discriminating against Jammu and Ladakh regions, a group of BJP leaders on Wednesday met Governor NN Vohra and asked his intervention for expediting 18 projects, 17 of which are in Jammu or Ladakh.
The BJP leaders led by their state president Ravinder Raina asked the governor to speed up work on construction of an AIIMS in Jammu, Government Medical Colleges in Rajouri, Doda, and Kathua, the Chenani-Sudh-Mahadev Pul Doda national highway, early disbursement of compensation to refugees from Pakistan-administered Kashmir, pending issues of refugees from West Pakistan, riverfront on the Tawi in Jammu city, Shahpur Kandi and Ujj river projects, the Chhater Gala tunnel, and the Akhnoor-Pargwal bridge.
The name of Kashmir was mentioned only twice: for a Government Medical College and for the smart city project in Srinagar.
“Definitely, the works will speed up. Just wait and see,” Kavinder Gupta, former deputy chief minister from the BJP, told Kashmir Reader. Along with Gupta, Sunil Sharma, Sat Sharma and Rajiv Jasrotia met the Governor at 3:30pm. Besides verbal discussions, the BJP leaders submitted a list of 18 projects which they asked the governor to personally monitor. The list bears the signature of BJP’s J&K president Ravinder Raina.
Another BJP leader, requesting anonymity, said, “Kashmir got its more than due share in the past, while Jammu and Lakakh did not. We believe now they will get their fair share.”
A senior PDP leader, who has been told by the party to not speak to the media, nevertheless told Kashmir Reader that the “BJP is preparing itself for elections. All this is being used as a prop.”
The state’s BJP leaders are next meeting on June 30. A senior BJP leader said that though there is no possibility of forming government with the PDP again, but other possibilities cannot be ruled out.