Handwara, July 23: Apni Party (AP) President Syed Mohammad AltafBukhari Saturday said that his party will ensure the restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir within a year if the party is elected to power in the forthcoming assembly elections.
Addressing a public rally in Handwara town of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Bukhari said the way they ensured an assurance from New Delhi on the protection of land and jobs for J&K people post-August 5, 2019; they will convince the Central government to restore the statehood within a year after attaining people’s mandate in the assembly elections.”
In his speech, Bukhari said, “I feel utmost satisfaction to see people thronging into the Apni Party’s public meetings, as it is a clear indication that people trust the party leaders. And, by attending our rallies people express their approval of our unambiguous agenda of the party.”
Syed AltafBukhari said that unlike the traditional political parties, the Apni Party does not believe in the politics of deception.
He said, “We are God-fearing people and we have belief in the hereafter, where Almighty will hold us accountable for all our doings in this world. Therefore, we do not dare to allure you with emotional slogans and fake promises. We promise you only what we can fulfil.”
“You have relied on the traditional politicians all these years. But they breached your trust again and again. Their trickery politics eventually landed our youth either in jails or in the graveyards. But I promise you a better future because we believe in constructive politics. Apni Party is an alternative for you. I request you to give us a chance to work for the peace, prosperity, and development of this land, and political and economic empowerment of its people,” he added.
Apni Party President further said that the Party was formed when there was a chaotic situation and absolute uncertainty in J&K due to the August 5, 2019 occurrences.
“It was the time when people needed someone to take a lead and talk to New Delhi to ensure the protection of the rights of the people. We met the Prime Minister, Home Minister, and other leaders in New Delhi seeking assurance that no demographic changes are done in J&K. We succeeded and got a clear assurance from the Centre,” he said.
“I assure you that we will continue endeavouring to protect the political rights of the J&K people when we are elected to power,” Bukhari added.
Bukhari also promised the Apni Party’s government would focus on the economic empowerment of the people in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said, “We want every soul living on this land to be prosperous. We have a clear vision for the prosperity and development of this region.”
Explaining it further, Bukhari said, “We will develop the private sector to ensure the abundance of job opportunities, and we will pave the way for investments here. As we all know that J&K has a huge capacity for hydroelectric generation. We will make this potential utilized to its fullest.”
He also promised to take systematic initiatives to enrich our horticulture industry. “If we come to power, we will subsidize the refrigerated transport charges by 75 percent so that our orchardists could transport their fruit to the outside mandis unharmed. Also, we will compensate the farmers for the loss they face while transforming their orchards for the high-density plantation,” he said.
Bukhari reiterated that the power consumers would be given free power up to five hundred units in J&K. He said, “As we have said time and again that if the Apni Party is elected to govern, it will give five hundred units of electricity free to the consumers of the Valley in winters and the same amount of free electricity to the consumers in Jammu during summers. And, 300 units free electricity to the people in Valley during summers and 300 units to Jammu in winters.”
“We have promised that our government would enhance the old age pension from the existing one thousand rupees up to five thousand rupees a month, and marriage from the existing fifty thousand to One lakh rupees to each beneficiary. Similarly, our government will provide an additional four refill cylinders to every household in J&K.”
Bukhari also expressed his sorrow about the infrastructure deficit in Handwara.