Telangana Gives Voice To Statehood For Jammu

Telangana Gives Voice To Statehood For Jammu

30 July 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Dinesh Manhotra

Jammu: Even as Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has termed as a dangerous trend the formation of a state based on an agitation, the decision of UPA government to endorse the formation of a separate Telangana state has boosted the morale of those who have been spearheading the agitation for statehood to Jammu. As developments on Telangana are taking place fast, protagonists of a separate Jammu have intensified their activities to devise the strategy to revive their movement. 'The formation of separate Telangana state will revitalise our cadre to take their struggle to its logical conclusion,' said Prof Varinder Gupta, a leader of the Jammu State Morcha, who had been spearheading the movement for a separate Jammu state for the last three decades. Professor Gupta appreciated Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for officially admitting that there was the demand for a separate state for the Jammu region. He supported Omar Abdullah's proposal to entrust the job of creating a separate state to a states reorganisation commission. Encouraged at the development over Telangana, Panthers Party chairman Bhim Singh said Jammu's was a fit case for statehood. 'The Panthers Party has been demanding the reorganisation of the state because Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are separate identities,' he said. He added that the formation of Telangana would boost the morale and spirit of those demanding the reorganisation of Jamm and Kashmir. Although the state unit of BJP had been shying away from openly supporting statehood for Jammu, the party observed that the people of Jammu would soon raise the demand for a separate state due to unabated discrimination against this region. 'The people of the Jammu region are running out of patience. They have no option but to raise the demand for a separate state,' said Jugal Kishore Sharma, state BJP president.