Udhampur leaders support autonomy, oppose trifurcation
23 August 2001
The Daily Excelsior
UDHAMPUR: National Conference district unit leaders for Udhampur have strongly opposed the trifurcation move launched by several Jammu based groups and parties. Addressing a joint press statement here today—former zonal president Kehar Singh, Bharat Bhushan- defeated NC candidate, Sunil Verma and Akbar Shah said that J&K is the integral part of India and the party would not tolerate the division of the state on communal lines. They appreciated the Farooq Government for its efforts to crush militancy and said that NC Government has taken up several development works in the state. These leaders, lauded the decision of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for giving Foreign Affairs portfolio to Omar Abdullah. They criticised the BJP leaders for their statements against Chief Minister. Showing all prays for their leader, these activists from the region claimed that construction of second Tawi bridge in Jammu by NC Government is a historic event so there is need to raise controversy over naming it. The Farooq Government besides giving employment to nearly one lakh unemployed persons in the state has constructed several bridges, roads and made functional several water supply schemes. Mr Bhushan further said that Government of India should review the autonomy report and start delibrations on it as early as possible. These leaders advocated the state and regional autonomy demand raised by the National Conference Government. They further said that curtailment of power during evening and late evening be stopped. The Town Area Committee Udhampur be turned into Municipal committee and more funds be made available to the existing TAC. Sarpanch and the Pachayat members be provided with personal Pachayat constituency development funds on the lines of MLA constituency development fund.