Historical Dogra state of J&K downgraded into UT: Patil

Jammu: Former Member Parliament and newly appointed All India Congress Committee (AICC) Incharge J&K Affairs Rajni Patil on Saturday said that the historical Dogra state of Jammu and Kashmir has been downgraded into the Union Territory.
“The historical Dogra state has been unilaterally and unconstitutional disbanded and downgraded into UT against the honour, rights and sentiments of the people, who seek restoration of statehood at the earliest with safeguards for land and jobs,” Ms Patil while addressing “Kissan Sammelan” here.
She said UTs have become states in the country but far the first time a full-fledged state has been downgraded into UT in the history of India, which not only unfortunate but injustice, adding, “the Congress party would fight for the genuine rights of the people in Jammu and Kashmir who have undergone numerous sufferings during the past four years especially post-August 5, 2019”.
The youth and students are deprived of the jobs and 4G services, people’s liberties curtailed in many ways and even during the Covid-19 situation the facilities of oxygen are not adequately available under BJP regime, which reflects its failure and neglect of the people here.
Ms Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have great concern and interest in the people of J&K, she said.
Referring to the organization, she said that Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have assigned her an important role to apprise them of the ground situations and sentiments of dedicated workers who stood like a rock for the party during all these years of the difficult times under the leadership of G A Mir, who has worked hard all these years.
PCC Chief G A Mir in his address referred to challenges before Congress during past more than six years, when Congress was out of power at the centre or here, while in the past it either remained in power at the centre or the state for some durations as a coalition partner led by the regional parties like PDP or NC, except for the short period when Ghulam Nabi Azad was the Chief Minister when the government did excellently well for the people.
He said, “Congress fulfilled several promises in the coalition also with the full support of the centre but probably Congress workers felt ignored and were annoyed with us which became one of the causes of our defeat in 2014 election”.
He appreciated the dedication of the cadres and said that Congress is still a strong force in Jammu and Kashmir, as the people have realized the hollowness of the slogans of the BJP and the people especially the youth and students have been deprived of jobs and basic rights.