Don’t trust those who snatched your identity and dignity: Bhalla to voters

Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla, addressing public gathering, at Gusain Chak on Tuesday.

Defeat politics of exploitation, ensure victory of secular forces
Jammu: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla today urged upon the people to teach BJP a lesson for its misdeeds with Jammuites by voting Congress candidates in upcoming DDC elections.
While conducting series of public meetings in favour of Congress candidate Gurmeet Kour at Gusain Chak he said, time has come to teach BJP a lesson.
He said Congress will regain its lost ground in the upcoming DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir by defeating the communal and divisive forces in the country. “People should remain guard against the forces that pose a challenge to the basic idea of India and secularism promoted by the Congress.
He said Congress has made huge contributions and sacrifices for the unity and integrity of the country and will never compromise to retain this at any cost.”
“It was the Congress party under whose banner the entire country irrespective of caste, creed, colour or religion joined hands and fought against the mighty British rule”, he said, the party provided the much- needed able leadership to the country that resulted in the country emerging as one of the great powers in the world.
My perception and understanding of the situation is that Congress will emerge as the largest party in the next assembly elections,” he said.”The Congress is the only secular and unifying force and it will continue to safeguard the secular fabric of the country and the state,” he added.
He said his party always stood for equal development of J&K as well as the strengthening of democratic institutions for devolution of power to the people for their better participation in governance.”Congress struggled for the implementation of the provision of 73rd and 74th amendments in the state to fully empower the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and finally it succeeded,” he said.”It is the result of the amended law that women have got 33 per cent reservation in all tiers of PRIs besides Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes,” he said.
“I want to remind BJP about the promises made by it in Jammu during the election in 2014 which have fallen flat,” he said. “What happened to those promises, have they fulfilled any single promise during their rule, Bhalla questioned and asked the people to give a befitting reply to BJP and other opportunist forces for exploiting them and playing with their emotions, from time to time,” he said.
Former Minister described Congress party as “strong” and “vibrant” in J&K, capable enough to defeat anti-people forces in the country and that Congress Party has never compromised on its ideology, principles for the sake of power.
He said the party shall remain committed to the cause of strengthening people and working for the peace, progress and overall development of the State.
Urging the people to exercise their franchise in favour of the Congress Party candidates to ensure defeat of communal forces, Bhalla said that the upcoming DDC election has provided best opportunity for people to defeat the political exploitation on the Part of BJP and other opportunist forces.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Block President Sodagar Singh Saini, Block President Amrit Bali, Sarpanch Avtar Singh, Corportor Shobat Choudhary, Ashok Kumar, Pawan Bhagat, Darshan Motton, Ravi Pal, Panch Bittu, Jasbir Singh, Sunil Slathia beside others.