Udhampur, July 17: Apni Party (AP) President, Syed Mohammed Altaf Bukhari on Sunday said that his Party represents aspirations of both the regions of J&K and assured that they were committed for the inclusive development of all the sections of society.
Addressing a workers’ convention in Udhampur which was organized by Udhampur Unit of the party, led by the provincial vice-president Jammu and Incharge Udhampur District Ex-MLA Faqir Nath and District President, Udhampur, Apni Party Hans Raj Dogra and others,
A statement from the party said that Altaf Bukhari appreciated the Party leaders and workers for their dedication towards the redressal of the public issues.
In his address, Altaf Bukhari expressed serious concern over the poor development, concerns about health care facilities, improper road infrastructure, issues of electricity and clean drinking water in Udhampur town and its villages as the administration mostly remains unresponsive to the public issues.
“J&K government is working directly on the directions of BJP. Yet, the problems of the general masses remain unsolved. Instead of working for public welfare, the bureaucracy behaves like they are the Rulers while sitting in their AC rooms and avoiding addressing public issues,” he said.
“I warn these arrogant bureaucrats that they will be held accountable. They must remember that they are public servants and they must not disappoint the general masses of any region or district,” Bukhari added.
He said that Apni Party represents the aspiration of the people from all the regions of J&K.
“We believe in inclusive development of all the sections of the society without any disparity,” Bukhari said.
He took on BJP while recalling how they befooled the people of Jammu on the name of discrimination as it charged the atmosphere creating divisions between the two regions.
“Similarly Kashmir based traditional political parties took advantage of BJP’s divisive politics and accordingly charged situation against Jammu raking up issues of discrimination with Kashmir with an intention to help BJP in Jammu,” he said, holding the traditional political parties responsible for creating divisions among the people who were interdependent socially and economically and the Darbar Move was one of the bonding force for all of them.
He said that after contesting elections against each other including BJP and others, these traditional political parties formed a coalition government.
Bukhari said that gradually BJP stopped the Darbar Move practice which was started by Dogra Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872 and then abrogated special status and the statehood of J&K by downgrading it into two Union Territories and all these acts were against the interest of Jammu.
“The Darbar Move practice had increased trust among the two communities and both the Regions were more cordial as it also contributed to economic growth of Jammu as well as Kashmir,” he said.
He further said that the situation with the tourism sector as the hotel industry and transporters has suffered losses in Jammu and other districts.
He asked the people to fight for themselves and their constitutional rights which remained ignored for the last 72 years due to these traditional political parties like BJP, Congress Party, NC and PDP.
He said that his Party will give due respect and honour to the family members of martyrs and ex-servicemen.
Meanwhile, he referred to public concerns about poor electricity, drinking water supply, health care, road connectivity, educational institutions and tourism related issues which remained unaddressed by the administration in Udhampur District and the people in remote places are among the worst sufferers.
He impressed upon the Udhampur District Unit to work for the public welfare and highlight their issues for their early redressal.