BJP, JKAP leaders illegally allowed to retain Estates Bungalows, Security cover by present regime: Harsh Dev

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JAMMU, Mar 20: Alleging conferment of multifarious facilities by the present regime to Ex-MLAs/Ex-Ministers and even petty workers of BJP to the exclusion of all other political parties, scores of Panther activists led by Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP staged a thunderous protest in Jammu today. While raising anti-BJP slogans, the infuriated protesters decried the most glaring example of patronized corruption and mis-rule running in J&K. They torched the effigies of Estates Deptt, Security wing of Police and BJP for looting the tax payers’ money in connivance.
Addressing the media, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh expressed his dismay over the open violation of SOPs and guidelines in the matter of allotment of government accommodation so as to confer undue and illegitimate benefits upon the political persons owing allegiance to BJP and JKAP It was shocking to note that BJP leaders who were not holding any position in government and fell in common man’s category were occupying not only ‘Special Type’, ‘A-type’ Estates mansions but many of them were still living in Ministerial Bungalows. And while the opposition leaders including ex-Ministers and heads of recognized political parties were hounded out of Estates quarters’ years back through police force, the said BJP and JKAP workers were allowed to retain the same thereby providing the most glaring example of present govt’s dictatorial and autocratic policies besides being indicative of patronized corruption in BJP rule, rued Harsh.
He said that a reply received by him in response to RTI revealed that several BJP workers have been allotted Estates Bungalows which continue to be retained by them in violation of all norms and stipulated procedures. It was further shocking to note that the concerned authorities had allowed the BJP leaders to retain the said Estates bunglows despite categoric orders of their eviction issued repeatedly by the High Court. Not only that the Apni Party had been conferred undue favours by allotting govt accommodation for its political office by defying the orders of the High Court. Strange are the ways of the present regime which provides the most glaring example of the famous proverb “Rules are for fools”. Not only that the govt was demolishing/evicting the poor, marginalized and unemployed in the name of illegal occupation of State lands, it had granted a sort of

immunity to the corrupt leaders of ruling party who had encroached huge chunks of State and Forest lands worth crores.
Not only the Estates Bungalows but the security vehicles and PSOs were also being allotted purely on political considerations, said Mr. Singh. He pointed out that all the Ex-MLAs and Ex-Ministers of BJP and JKAP were provided security vehicles and a huge paraphernalia of security personnel while denying bare minimum security to opposition leaders. He said that the even top leadership of recognized political parties has also been divested of their due security by withdrawing their escorts, vehicles as well as security PSOs despite facing militants’ threats. The security agencies had withdrawn the security cover of majority of opposition leaders and allotted the same to even the small time lower rung workers of BJP. He reminisced that only last year a report had been made public that a BJP worker of Kashmir had been provided as many as ten PSOs. Likewise many other insignificant people had been provided huge security at public expense in the most arbitrary manner purely on the whims and fancies of the helmsmen.
Seeking a high level probe preferably through CBI into the whole gamut of illegal allotments of govt bunglows and huge encroachments of govt lands and properties by BJP leaders, Mr. Singh called for punitive action against the officers who were acting more as BJP servants than public servants. He said that non adherence to any set of norms and differential treatment of political parties by abusing of public exchequer and conferring benefits upon favourities was not only a crime but a financial scam which needed due attention of the Lt. Governor and Chief Secretary of the UT.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Rajesh Padgotra, Parshotam Parihar, Surinder Chouhan, Khajoor Singh, Khatab Hussian, Raj Pratap Singh, Bodh Raj, Rashpaul Singh, Karan Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Sagar Chand, Vijay Kumar, Sunil Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Ajay Singh, Jaswant Singh besides others.

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