Mir leads Cong march in Jammu, demands restoration of statehood
Jammu, Nov 23:
Hundreds of Congress activists led by senior party leaders on Saturday took out
a march here to press for the restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir and
lodge their protest against the economic slowdown in the country.
march, first of its kind in the city post abrogation of Article 370 provisions
and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two Union Territories in early
August, started from the Congress headquarters at Shaheedi Chowk here and
culminated with the submission of a memorandum addressed to President Ram Nath
Kovind at deputy commissioner’s office.
is part of the nationwide protests organised by the All India Congress
Committee against the failure of the BJP-led government to pull the country out
of the economic crisis and highlight the plight of farmers, the condition of
the youth, growing unemployment and price hike of essential commodities,”
Jammu and Kashmir Congress president G A Mir told reporters before the march.
Mir, who led the
protest along with senior party colleagues, said, “We have sought
permission to submit the memorandum to Lt Governor (G C Murmu) but as you are
aware about the situation of democracy in Jammu and Kashmir, we were not
allowed and therefore we are handing this memorandum to the deputy
commissioner, Jammu, for the President.
memorandum highlights the murder of democracy and desecration of the
Constitution, economic crisis, plight of farmers, business community and
transporters, joblessness and continuous price hike of essential
commodities,” he said.
restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir, Mir said the congressmen are on
the roads to convey the voice of the people to the President as the
“undemocratic and unconstitutional” steps taken by the Centre left
them “deeply hurt”.
scared to open their voice for their rights. This is the situation which has
been thrust on them after this beautiful state was dismantled,” he said
amid chants in support of the restoration of statehood.
who were carrying placards and banners, marched in a procession towards the
office of the deputy commissioner and later dispersed off peacefully.
Some of the women
participants were seen wearing garlands made of vegetables like onions, lemons
and cauliflower to protest the price hike of essential commodities.