Congress Leader Demands Jammu Regional Council

30 October 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Jammu: With an eye on the coming Assembly elections, Congress leader Madan Lal Sharma today raised the demand of regional council for Jammu province to end 'discrimination' with the region. A two-time Lok Sabha member, Madan Lal demanded regional council on pattern of Leh and Kargil hill development councils for Jammu province to ensure timely and direct funding from the Centre for the development of the region. He was addressing a series of public meetings in support of his younger brother Sham Lal Sharma, who resigned from the Omar Abdullah-led council of ministers last week alleging discrimination with the Jammu region. Madan Lal said he along with his brother have always fought for the interests of the Jammu region without fearing the criticism from within and outside the party. 'We don't adopt double standards neither we follow the policy of appeasement. But we have always boldly raised the issues concerning the lives of our people directly or indirectly,' the Congress leader said. Appreciating the performance of his brother and Member of Legislative Assembly from Akhnoor, Madan Lal said the development work carried out in the constituency was a testimony to the commitment made by the duo to the people. 'Akhnoor today is one of the model and finest constituencies which is growing at a fast rate and people must vote in favour of Sham Lal Sharma to complete the pending works and to realise their dreams,' he asserted. End discrimination is the call before polls Madan Lal Sharma wants regional council on the pattern of Leh and Kargil hill development councils for Jammu province as well to ensure timely and direct funding from Centre for development of region. Seeking support for his brother Sham Lal Sharma, who resigned from the council of ministers last week, Madan Lal said he and his brother always fought for interests of Jammu region without fearing criticism.