JKNPP’s mammoth historic ‘Fight for Jammu’ rally rolls out like a wild inferno in the heart of Jammu city

Harsh adjures the people to strengthen the Panthers Party’s mission for the restoration of Dogra pride and honour.

Expressing seething anger and outrage thousands of Panthers Party activists assembled outside the Raj Bhavan (Panjtirthi Chowk) who took out a gigantic ‘Fight for Jammu’ rally in the Jammu city being spearheaded by Prof. Bhim Singh Chief Patron JKNPP, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP, Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia State President JKNPP and Mr. Yashpal Kundal State President Young Panthers and battalion of several senior leaders against the BJP’s despicable and cowardly surrenders amid an unprecedented deployment of the security personnel which after passing through several markets of the heritage city culminated at Dogra Chowk Jammu. The indignant protestors carrying party flags and the placards raised echoing slogans expressing their resentment and extreme annoyance triggered by BJP’s pusillanimous surrender of Jammu’s interests and aspirations before the PDP for the lust of power, amid shouting- “Jammu ka AIIMS..Jammu Ko Do, “Jammu Ke Sath Bhed Bhav.. Band karo”“Jammu Virodhi Sarkar .. Hai Hai”, “Desh Virodhi Sarkar ..Hai Hai”, “Yuva Aur Kaisan Virodhi Sarkar ..Hai Hai”, “BJP-PDP Sarkar Hai Hai”, “Nai Bharti Neeti ..Vapis Lo.


Lambasting the highly obnoxious move of the Coalition Government to transfer the prestigious 1600 crores AIIMS project to Kashmir in dissonance to the initial announcement of the Union Government to establish the premier health institute in Jammu region Prof. Bhim Singh flayed the BJP’s sinister clandestine surrender of the long cherished dream of the people of Jammu to the leaders of the valley . He said that the servile and sycophantic posturing of the Saffron Party has hit the soul of Jammu Pradesh and hung the heads of the Dogras in shame and distress. It has come to fore that the Saffron party which had received an overwhelming  mandate from the people of Jammu region  in the recently held Assembly elections has brazenly retreated from  all its grandiloquent  promises made to the electorate besides timidly conceding  AIIMS  to its coalition partner just for playing a second fiddle in the PDP led government . Prof. Singh maintained that the Panthers party shall continue its crusade against the anti-Jammu policies of the unholy Coalition dispensation and fight tooth and nail for any kind of discrimination doled out to the region. He made a fervent appeal to the public to endorse JKNPP’s ‘Fight for Jammu’ mission and support the Young leadership of Mr. Harsh Dev Singh for the restoration of the premier health edifice of AIIMS to Jammu besides the lost pride and honour of the people.


Mr. Harsh Dev Singh disclosed to the media that the duration of the B.Ed course in the University of Kashmir and the Central University of Kashmir is one year from the session 2015-16 and the duration of the said course in the University of Jammu has been revised to two years. He said that the obnoxious status quo for these courses for one year duration in the colleges affiliated to Kashmir University has put the career of the teacher aspirants of Jammu Province in jeopardy. Moreover, there also exists the anomaly in the eligibility criteria for the B.Ed course in the University of Kashmir with respect to the norms prescribed in the University of Jammu. Harsh Dev lamented that the audacious scope of discrimination extending upon the students of education discipline is a bizarre incident in the history of academia which would only dent their morale forcing their outrage to burst with violent means of protest. He said one State cannot be governed by two laws on the same subject. The former Education Minister wondered how could two Universities in one State with same Chancellor,  Pro- Chancellor and the Ministry of Higher Education can adopt two distinct policies regarding the same course and maintained that the obnoxious move is utterly unconstitutional, unethical and unscrupulous. He also questioned the criminal silence of the BJP ministers amid the series of discriminatory blows inflicted on the youth by the current State Government including the announcement of the weird Recruitment policy immediately following the formation of the unholy alliance and regretted  that the Saffron brigade is hell bent upon bartering away the interests of the people of Jammu just for remaining glued to the power .He asserted that all the elected 25 BJP MLA’s including the Dy. Chief Minister Mr. Nirmal Singh who interestingly was also an academician had grossly failed to espouse the cause of the students and the youth besides empathizing with their miseries and the general masses who had overwhelmingly voted them to power in the last Assembly elections. To his dismay, the BJP leaders have been indulging in the worst ever ‘political dissoluteness’ only to enjoy the luxury of traveling in the beacon cars with two flags fluttering fully intoxicated and enchanted by the political power.


Mr. Harsh Dev Singh lampooned the BJP’s incongruous statements on the Article 370  as nefarious attempts to hoodwink the people of Jammu region  once again with their delusive remarks. Harsh added that the frustration brewed out of the nefarious betrayal by the Saffron Brigade are finding these statements as obnoxious, audacious, unsavory and deceptive. He dubbed BJP as a disarrayed lot pulling in different directions  besides losing its public credibility and the actual fact is that the Saffron party is not sincere enough to introduce the Bill in the Parliament with clear intensions irrespective of the consequences  and has been persistently seeking irrational excuses under one pretext or the other.  He said that today’s mesmerizing rally which has garnered huge public support has been successfully able to expose the BJP of its malafide and deceitful intensions towards the people of Jammu region and  has emerged as  the one and only reckoning force to raise the voice of the people in letter and spirits. Harsh also lambasted BJP for desecrating the most prominent slogan of Dr. Mookerjee of ‘Ek Nishan Ek Vidhan’ which also formed the anthem of the Saffron Brigade with BJP ministers openly using two flags and running the J&K coalition government under a separate constitution.


Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia while addressing the gathering disclosed that an impressive rally has also been taken out with the intention to oppose the socio- political bias perpetuated against the Jammu region on the issues of New Recruitment Policy, Shelving artificial lake project of Jammu, State subject for west Pak Refugees, Voting rights to them in Assembly and local bodies polls, State govt. jobs for such WPRs, Issuance of Dogra certificate to Jammu youth, State Subject for children of daughters of J&K married outside, Empowerment of Jammu, Abolition of custodian Deptt. and conferment of ownership rights to its occupants, Revocation of the new Recruitment Policy, Smart City for Jammu, Uniformity in the duration of B.Ed course in Jammu, etc which are akin to the human rights violation of the people of Jammu region which actually were incorporated in the Saffron Party’s Elections manifesto before ascending to power. He however regretted that the BJP’s pre-poll promises turned into mere hyperboles and rhetorics thus belying all the hopes and aspirations of the Jammu people.


Mr. Yashpal Kundal while appealing to the people to support JKNPP’s crusade against the discrimination, fervently asked them to follow and support the dogma of Panthers party which is the only regional party of Jammu Pradesh. He said that it has been struggling and fighting inside and outside the legislature for the cause of the Dogra-Pahari people since the time of its inception. He maintained that Panthers party is well versed with the pain and agony the people of Jammu are going through and National parties like the BJP or the Congress could not come to their rescue. He said that the time has come when people of Jammu region should wake up, unite, strengthen and empower their own Panthers party and assimilate under its wings to fight in unison for Jammu’s cause, pride and honour.


Mrs. Manju Singh Senior leader Panther Woman Power expressing indignation over the official approval of just one ‘Smart City’ for the entire State by the Union Minister for Housing and Urban Development Mr. M Vankaiah Naidu in the national level conference of Urban Development Ministers of all the states during which Pan-India Smart Cities and AMRUT projects were launched in New Delhi recently, prophesied another obnoxious discriminatory doze in offing for the Jammu region. Terming the announcement as sinister and malevolent, she recalled that U.P had walked away with maximum share of 13 followed by Tamil Nadu 12, Maharashtra 10, Madhya Pradesh 7,Gujarat 6, and so on  with Jammu & Kashmir getting merely 1. He reckoned that the solitary announcement of the Smart City in J&K would become a bone of contention between the two regions and further widen the fissure as the selected city would be equipped with IT enabled services empowering modern public transport system, crime control procedure, emergency and health services, single window system for trade and commerce besides having round the clock water and power supply with world class roads and telecom services. She said that the lame duck posturing of the BJP and its acquiescing tendency in the ruling alliance may jeopardize the selection of Jammu under the Smart Cities project and feared that once again another audacious discrimination would be doled out to the region by divesting it of the Smart city which could be directly attributed to the criminal neglect and apathy of the BJP partnered government in the State. She asserted that Jammu has a far better infrastructure than Kashmir besides 70% of the taxes are paid by the people of Jammu thus contributing maximum share in the revenue generation of the State has a superior claim over Kashmir to be developed into a Smart City. She vowed that JKNPP shall continue to fight tooth and nail for Jammu’s cause.


Others who vociferously led the rally included M/S P.K Ganju, Anita Thakur, Bansi Lal Sharma adv., Jagdev Singh, Pawan Dev Singh, Dharam Singh, Dev Singh, Dina Nath, Dhani Ram Attri, Jagdev Singh Jagga, Rajesh Sharma, Deep Kumar Gupta, Baldev Singh Mankotia, Makhan Lal, Nirmal Kesar, Bhushan Kumar,Karnail Singh, Pt. Shiv Ram Sharma, Pushpinder Singh, Manju Singh, Neelam Abrol, Kesar Parveen, Kulbhushan Singh, Gagan Pratap Singh, Shyam Gorka,Purshottam Parihar, Neeraj Gupta, S. Paramjit Singh Marshal, Balwan Singh, Vilakshan Singh Adv.

JKNPP submits memorandum to I&B Ministry for Satellite Duggar Channel in Jammu

A delegation of the NPP leaders led by Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP and Former Minister today submitted a memorandum in the office of Information & Broadcasting Ministry, New Delhi which was duly received and acknowledged by the personal action of the said Minister in his absence who assured to put up the same before the Minister with further assurance of an early reply on the subject.

Mr. Harsh Dev Singh pointed out in the memorandum that the demand for a full fledged ‘Satellite Duggar Channel’ has been projected by various Social, Cultural and Literary organizations for the best several years which unfortunately has gone unaddressed and unattended. He said that the assurances given by successive governments in the past on the subject have proved to be mere hyperboles. He said that the demand is most genuine and deserves priority consideration of the GOI so as to project and promote the rich culture and heritage of Jammu region. While the operationlization of Kashir Channel by DD Kashmir is welcome, the denial of Dugger Channel for Jammu is deplorable, he added.

Making out a strong case for Duggar Channel, Mr. Singh maintained that the credit for raising the geographical and political state of Jammu and Kashmir and consolidation and securing of Nation’s boundaries goes to Dogras. Only recently, he pointed out that 18 Jawans of 6 Dogra regiment sacrificed their lives in Manipur for the defense of the Nation. Majority of Dogras have joined armed forces and are fighting for the defense of our land and for safeguarding our frontiers. He argued that it will also be a tribute to our valiant Dogra soldiers and warriors who have made countless sacrifices with their great conquests in the Himalayan region extending upto Tibet. Dogras have further contributed to the process of nation building in all walks of life including music, arts, drama, economy, education etc. Dogri language has produced eminent men of letters who have made meaningful contributions in the field of Journalism, Poetry, Science and literature. The proposed channel would provide opportunities to several talented youth and students besides others to display their ingenuity and skill.

Mr. Harsh Dev Singh said ‘Duggar Channel’ if operationalized would cater to estimated 32,200 Sq Kms of area including vast area of Himachal as well as huge population on the other side of LoC. On the contrary Kashir Channel is catering to only around 15,900 Sq Kms. Further, even the sister languages like Gojri, Mirpuri, Punjabi, Pahari, Poonchi and Bhaderwahi will also get a boost if Duggar Channel is made functional. The demand for the channel is not only being raised by people residing in Jammu region but also by nonresident Dogras who wish to remain in touch with their rich traditions and vibrant cultural roots, he said.

Mr. Singh said the proposed Duggar Channel would not only help establishing emotional and cultural links but also help in countering the highly malevolent and obnoxious Pak propaganda unleashed from across the border. He said that in view of urgency and genuineness of the said demand for Duggar Channel the same was required to be addressed on priority.

Others who comprise the delegation included Rajiv Jolly Khosla, Romesh Khajuria, Smt. Sudesh Dogra and others.