Jammu, 14-05-2018: Enraged over the highly disparaging remarks of Ex Deputy CM and Speaker Assembly, Dr. Nirmal Singh against the Army, a strong contingent of NPP led by Mr. Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and Former Minister today held a massive demonstration at Exhibition Ground Jammu against BJP and its top leadership asking it to tender unconditional apology to the defence personnel. The agitated protestors raised slogans of ‘Indian Army Zindabaad’, ‘BJP murdabaad’ “Nirmal Singh Hai Hai”.
Addressing the media persons, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh said that Dr. Nirmal’s allegations of harassment of people by the Army were highly objectionable and most condemnable. And charging the army of political motivation was even more offending, said Harsh. He regretted that the BJP leadership had forgotten within short period of its three years rule its high pitched slogans and songs that it sang in praise of Army to prove their pseudo nationalism. He said that not only Nirmal Singh but the entire BJP leadership owed an explanation for such outrageous comments against Army made by its senior most leader in J&K who remained the Dy. CM and was now occupying the constitutional post of speaker. Should action not be taken against Dr. Nirmal for speaking the language of separatists and belittling Army, questioned Harsh.
Reminding the BJP of its jingoistic rhetoric while in opposition, Mr. Singh said that its leaders would nail anyone and everyone for uttering a word against armed forces. “Eulogizing the armed forces as symbols of national honour, its leaders never missed any chance of lauding their feats and relating hymns and odes in praise of the valiant soldiers. But after ascendance to power, its leaders had shown the greatest disregard for the brave-hearts merely for their vested personal and political interests”, said Harsh. The saffron rule had witnessed the most shabby and abominable treatment meted out to the Armed forces in the state when they were directed to hold arms despite fatal attacks on them in Kashmir besides their most egregious humiliation by anti-national forces, said Harsh. And now he added, Dr. Nirmal Singh had made highly contemptuous remarks against Army which had sparked nationwide outrage. Nirmal Singh’s outbursts against Army only indicated the extent to which a self centred, self aggrandizing politician could go to subserve his personal motives at the cost of nation’s security, said Mr. Singh. He said that BJP needed to apologize for the outrageous conduct of its J&K leadership not only to the Army but the entire nation as well.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Rajesh Padgotra, Gagan Partap, Parshotam Parihar, Shanker Singh Chib, Khajoor Singh, Nirmal Kishore, Rajesh Gondhi, Rashpaul Singh, Partap Singh, Mohinder Singh, Rampaul Sharma, Shankaar Singh Sanju, Udhayveer Singh, Vishab Singh, Rohit Sharma, Arun Khajuriya, Shaitan Singh besides others.