While hitting out at the BJP-led Central government for “denying” Jammu region an AIIMS while sanctioning the same for Valley, Pradesh Congress Monday held a protest outside Raj Bhavan in Jammu.
“Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh for was on record having announced that AIIMS has been sanctioned for Jammu,” said Congressman Sham Lal Sharma.
Sharma said people of the region feel cheated of the reversal of the said decision.
“We are not against the Kashmir region for grant of AIIMS, but we want that Jammu should also be given an AIIMS because it has a large population from various areas of the region particularly Kashmir and Ladakh besides over one crore pilgrims and tourists during the winter season,” he said.
Keeping in view the peculiar circumstances in JK, Sharma said, the then Congress-led government took a major decision and announced two separate Central Universities- one for each region, keeping aside all norms in the matter.
Sharma said Congress has exposed the “double standards” of the BJP government at the Centre and PDP-BJP government in the state for their “discriminatory” treatment towards the people of Jammu.
He said that Congress has approached the Governor for seeking justice for the people of Jammu region on the issue of setting up AIIMS.
“We have impressed upon the Central government to immediately fulfil its commitment…otherwise Congress party would intensify its struggle to present the voice of people and secure justice for them by all democratic means,” he said.
Sharma said BJP had emotionally exploited Hindus of Jammu for last 60 years. “Now they have surrendered everything and subletted people of Jammu region to PDP for lust of power,” he said.