Congress demands ‘All Party Meeting’ to evolve consensus on regional autonomy for Jammu

JAMMU, OCT 12: Senior Vice President J&K PCC and former Minister Sham Lal Sharma today demanded ‘All party meeting’ to discuss threadbare on the issue of granting regional autonomy to all the three regions. He further said that all major political parties in the state are on the same page so far as grant of regional autonomy is concerned, so there will not be any confrontation on the said issue.
Sham said that grant of regional autonomy had already been incorporated by Congress Party in its election manifesto of 2008 and 2014 Assembly elections.
Sharma said that regional autonomy should be granted with complete political, administrative and financial powers. He said that Jammu region has always faced discrimination irrespective of the political parties ruled the state.
Asking ruling BJP to clear its stand on granting regional autonomy to all the three regions of the State, Sharma said that as till date Saffron Party has cleared its stand on this issue as they don’t have any mechanism to end discrimination being faced by the people of Jammu particularly during present BJP-PDP government.
He further said that BJP has never demanded regional autonomy to all three regions nor it is included in their party manifesto for the years 2008 and 2014 assembly elections. So, when it is not included in their party manifesto, how the BJP is claiming that they had demanded regional autonomy in past also?
He said that granting regional autonomy would help in empowering all regions and of the State.
Highlighting the discrimination meted to the people of Jammu region, Sham Lal said that the people of Jammu region suffered in all walks of life- in development activities, in services and in allocation of funds.
Sharma asked BJP that since they are in power both at Centre and state, it will not be any problem for them in granting regional autonomy to all three regions.
The regional councils can only address the grievances of the people of the region, Sharma added.