Altaf Bukhari’s fiery press conference calls for the resignation of 5 J&K MPs
JAMMU, February 19: Calling the Boundaries Commission’s draft report a copycat of the Dixon plan to divide people along communal lines, J&K Apni Syed party chairman Mohammed Altaf Bukhari has dismissed the report as it deeply disappointed all sections of society in the two regions of J&K.
Altaf Bukhari also questioned five J&K MPs in Parliament for their silence, which shows that they failed to represent the feelings and aspirations of the people.
“These MPs should resign from Parliament for their failure to represent the people of J&K. It shows that they were representing their political parties but not the people,” he said.
Bukhari was addressing a press conference here in Jammu. He was surrounded by senior party leaders.
Bukhari said that the Boundary Commission did no ground exercise and implemented the plan without consulting the people and their representatives in different constituencies with the aim of dividing the people on communal lines, but the people did not haven’t fallen prey to their plan.
“The merging of Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency with Rajouri and Poonch is an example of gross injustice to the people,” he said.
Referring to the illogical segment of the delimitation of the Karnah Assembly, he said, “Will voters use flying taxis to vote in constituencies that were created ignoring geographical difficulties and long distances? These areas often remain isolated for six months. How do people in a region approach their representative? Is it possible?”
Condemning the merger of Suchetgarh constituency with RS Pura, he said that national security was compromised and political ambition of a political party was preferred which was cause for serious concern.
He added that it may come as a surprise but the fact is that the members of the Commission, while sitting in Pahalgam, completed their report for 12 constituencies in a single day without doing any floor exercise.
He condemned the Boundaries Commission’s draft report calling it an injustice along with the vast majority of J&K.
Expressing his concern over the treatment with the BSF, the CISF aspirants and the unresolved issues of regularization of 60,000 daily bets, he said that the assurances given by the government must be fulfilled as soon as possible and that the daily bets deserve to be be regularized.
“By ignoring young people and pushing them against the wall, we create a situation where they become drug addicted and motivated by terrorism. The government should seriously address the growing problem of unemployment,” he added.
He said that “Local J&K bureaucrats do not receive assignments. If they receive assignments, they may be able to solve people’s problems. However, the command to run government departments is given between the hands of non-bureaucrats. most”
“Local government officials are sidelined. Also, there is disappointment and frustration among businessmen, locals, unemployed youths and this can aggravate the problems. However, the government is not concerned about the growing concerns of J&K residents,” he said.
With no local officials in government, he said the level of corruption has crossed all lines at J&K and public issues are not addressed, resulting in a sense of alienation with the government.
He said that “no one else has made sacrifices in the country but the people of J&K for the nation.
Referring to the return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, he said that Kashmiri Pandits are politically exploited by using them as posters and banners during elections and nothing concrete has been done for their return and rehabilitation .
About the natural resource contracts with the outsiders in J&K, he said that if they come to power, they will not allow any outsiders to have access to the natural resources of J&K which actually belong to the local people.
“We will reserve the rights of the local people to the resources and no outsiders will be allowed on these resources.”
He said that he demanded a one-time settlement of electricity costs in favor of the population and commercial establishments, considering the financial situation due to the current covid19 situation.
He, however, praised the health department, doctors and paramedics for their efforts to contain the spread of the virus at J&K during the third wave.
When COVID-19 restrictions were almost lifted across J&K, he said the Jama Masjid Srinagar would be reopened to worshippers.
Strongly opposed to stopping the fixed price of the displaced person, he declared that the government must rethink the request of the DPs and release the amount of the fixed price stopped in favor of the DPs.
“These DPs are living in bad financial situation and hence their request for release of the pending package amount is genuine as it was sanctioned by the former Government of India. These families should no longer be harassed and the number of packages blocked must be released,” he added.
He also spoke of the resentment of the Jatt community in Jammu as they were sidelined regarding their representation following the merger of Suchetgarh with another constituency.
He also demanded that members of the press and media have the freedom to report without restrictions.
Regarding mismanagement of hospitals especially at Govt Gandhi Nagar Hospital in Jammu district, he said authorities should lift the double check on the health facility and help the poor to get facilities under one floor because they are harassed for one reason or another. regarding their medical examinations.