‘Mehbooba’s Wachi deserves tehsil status’

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The people of Wachi Constituency represented by Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti are up in arms against the government for not granting tehsil status to their area.

“If National Conference thinks that by its ‘filthy politics’ Mehbooba Mufti will not make it in coming Assembly elections, then this party is mistaken. Wachi people are with Mehbooba Mufti and she will inflict a crushing defeat over her rival candidate,” one of the enthusiastic protestor from Wachi said during a protest in Press Enclave Srinagar Thursday.

Wachi residents assembled once again in Press Enclave Srinagar and decried the government indifference against their area.

“Our area Wachi is Constituency headquarter comprising of 16 Panchayat wards and 2 Panchayat blocks. Only Wachi has a population of 15,000 while its adjoining villages including Belora, Vandina, Safanagri, Darbagh, Aglar, Babapora, Chek, Ownera, Chermarg, Zahidbagh and Durpora have a population of 50,000.

The present government ignored all these facts and deprived us from tehsil status just because it is represented by PDP president Mehbooba Mufti,” Wachi Headman Ghulam Hasan Reshi said.

“It is irony that Mehbooba Ji has to call every tom dick and harry in this regard and we are really grateful to her what she has done or doing for us,” another protestor said, adding that it is appalling that government’s every step and decision is politically motivated.

Meanwhile, protests continue in different parts of Kashmir over sidelining different areas and depriving them from tehsil and block status. Residents of Awantipora and Khrew staged a protest in Press Enclave Srinagar alleging that the government sidelined their areas on the basis of politics.

“Khrew is centrally located where two Indian Army Brigades are stationed. It has 13 Cement Factories and is 20 kilometers away from present tehsil Pampore,” one of the protestors from Khrew Zahoor Ahmed said adding that it qualifies for tehsil from every angle.

Agitated residents from Awantipora also castigated government for not granting District status to Awantipora. Awantipora observed complete shutdown for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday in support of their demand.

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