Alarm bell rings against BJP in Nowshera -
Alarm bell rings against BJP in Nowshera
Posted 10 Mar 2018 02:57 PM

Nowshera, the newly found BJP bastion along the Line of Control, has raised voice of revolt against the junior partner in Mehbooba Mufti government, ironically ahead of crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The border township that rewarded the BJP a pivotal seat in Legislative Assembly on Thursday raised slogans against the elected MLA Ravinder Raina and his party.
The slogans, BJP Murdabad, Ravinder Raina Murdabad, must be sounding alarm bells to Pradesh BJP, echoes of which can be heard in Jhandewaala too, if the aspirations of people get trampled. The BJP had been liberal in making promises during 2014 parliamentary and assembly elections. The saffron leaders knew the promises were not being made to keep and their supporters got swayed by the well-meaning icon of Narendra Modi.
Nowshera has traversed long during the past nearly four years. Not only witnessing the promises made with border dwellers falling flat in the absence of committed bunkers, the people of three important assembly segments of Nowshera, Sunderbani and Kalakote feeling let down as far as reach out of the administration to door steps of people is concerned.
The agony of Nowshera stands reflected by representative-Beopar Mandal, which has been in the forefront of agitation seeking justice. It feels the injustice being meted out to the township because of its Hindu majority, which has been demanding district status for the tehsil headquarter.
According to local Beopar Mandal, “After 1947, Tehsil Nowshera became part of District Poonch. The distance between Poonch and Jammu District is 250 kilometers. With Nowshera being the central place, its status as district was announced in 1968. However, ‘due to political pressure’ the district status was granted to Rajouri. Prior to that in 1967, a post of Assistant Commissioner sanctioned for Nowshehra was also shifted from the area, notwithstanding the fact the incumbent serving there for two and half years.
If the manifestation of anger had resulted in the victory of BJP in 2014, the failure in keeping the promises led to resentment against it and the sitting MLA. Therefore, the slogans, BJP Murdabad, Ravinder Raina Murdabad.
With time winding up fast for the December 10 deadline, the protest demonstrations in Nowshera, Sunderbani and Kalakote witnessed an extraordinary spurt with more and more people joining the tirade to mount pressure on government to keep its promise of granting much awaited District status to Nowshera.
On the 21st day of peaceful protests, the people of Nowshera resolved to intensify their agitation to ensure that government concede to their demands and issue relevant directions.
The protesters said the ongoing agitation, including hunger strike, in which the senior citizens including Retd SSP Makhan Lal Sharma, Dr. Qasim Choudhary, Dr Khem Raj, Ex-Sarpanch Manijit Singh, President Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Harjit Kumar, Gurmeet Singh, Rajesh Kumar, Chhotu Ram Choudhary, Rajesh Choudhary and Rakesh Kumar Sharma participated shall be further intensified and if the same took an ugly turn the onus shall be on government.
President Beopar Mandal Subash Kapoor and Sanatan Dharam Sabha President Jagdish Chander Sahney also warned of intensifying the agitation, terming the BJP promises as cruel joke.
The agitated youths also raised slogans against Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, Health Minister Bali Bhagat and disfigured name plates of the MLA in various lanes and drains.
They later took out a Mashal rally in the evening and raised pro-Pak slogans.
Meanwhile, protests also continued in Sunderbani as regular feature of this agitation. Under the banner of Joint Action Committee (JAC), the people came on roads and staged protest against BJP-PDP Government for its causal approach towards their demand.
The JAC led by Vipan Pal ex-Sarpanch, Shamsher Singh, Tirath Ram, Om Parkash ex-Sapanch, Arun Kumar, Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Krishan Kumar Sudan, Yog Raj Sharma, Dwarka Nath Retd Headmaster and Yoginder Gupta took out a rally which moved up to the Main Chowk at Highway and then returned to Tehsil Complex. Senior BJP leader, Sushil Sudan has asked the government to resolve the controversy over the issue of district status for Nowshera sub division.

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