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Sham slams PDP-BJP govt for adopting double standards
JAMMU, Jun 8: Senior Congress leader and former minister Sham Lal Sharma Friday castigated the government over giving amnesty to stone pelters in Kashmir, accusing it of adopting double standards to appease ‘anti-nationals’.

While addressing monthly meeting of Block Congress Committee today at Akhnoor, he stated that when the government has been beating the trumpet of freeing more than thousands stone pelters in Kashmir, why is it silent over withdrawing the cases of Jammu youth who protested during the Amarnath land row in the year 2008.

“If the government has decided to give amnesty to the youth of Kashmir Valley, why is it turning blind eye over the cases of Jammu youth who protested during the Amarnath agitation in the year 2008. If youth in Valley are freed, why not those of Jammu,” he added.

Sham said that our state is passing through a very bad situation. He said that there is no day when Pakistan is indulge in unprovoked firing even on civil population residing both along IB & LoC. He further said that the people living in these areas are feeling most insecure due to Pak firing and at the same time also facing the apathy of state government.

Sham expressed his anguish that in Kashmir Valley our Jawans are attaining martyrdom every now & then. The BJP-PDP government has failed to control the situation and rather it is going out of their control.

He also expressed his concern that with the approval of central government, the BJP PDP government is granting amnesty to stone pelters and of late thousands of stone pelters are released.

He said that the stone pelters so released by weak BJP-PDP government are indulging in looting banks as well as snatching weapons from security personals.

Sham expressed his apprehension that some of these stone pelters who snatched weapons, join local militant outfit which is a very serious trend and this BJP-PDP government is taking it very lightly. The law and order situation both in Jammu & Kashmir is becoming from bad to worst. He further said that both state & centre government have no concrete policy to curb the militancy and bring situation under control as it used to be before 2015.

While condemning the announcement of Amnesty for youth booked under charges of stone pelting Sham termed the government move as "compromise with national security by BJP”. ”I strongly condemn the suo-moto release of stone-pelters without scrutinizing the harshness of their offence," Sharma said. He said that BJP and PDP both the parties are in government and alleged that Chief Minister is "hell bent to implement her agenda" compromising the "national security for which the BJP was committed to the people of the nation, whether it was the issue of release of militants, stone-pelters Chief Minister is taking all the decisions on her own and the BJP which is sharing power in state and is in absolute majority at the centre, but has become mute spectators on these issues," he added.

Sham said that Amarnath Yatra is about to start and keeping in veiw the prevailing situation in the valley, it is apprehended that these anti national may disturb the peaceful Yatra. During last year, these anti national elements had attacked on innocent pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra. He said that BJP-PDP government is always making tall promises but these proved to be hoax. He further cautioned the government to take all out efforts to ensure smooth running of the Amarnath Yatra.

Sharma accused the BJP of playing the politics of deceit and said that its leaders are confused and lost. “At first, the BJP slammed Hurriyat Conference and now is asking it to come forward for talks. This is utter confusion and reflection of the fact that the state is in the wrong hands.”

News Updated at : Saturday, June 9, 2018
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