To register protest against the failure of the State’s Coalition Government on all fronts, BJP activists in hundreds, held massive protest demonstration outside the state assembly at Jammu on the first day of the legislature session and were prevented by the police and barricades from entering the assembly premises and were arrested. They were led by State President Jugal Kishore Sharma.
About half a dozen party activists including Naresh Sharma, Shilpi Verma, Ishtiaq Wani and Sunil Kumar received injuries when the heavy contingent of police posted at Shalimar road adopted heavy handed means to prevent the BJP workers from protesting lawfully and were lathi charged. Naresh Sharma and Raj Kumar were hospitalized for treatment.
Earlier, the party activists had assembled at Indira Chowk and marched towards the assembly secretariat amid slogans with party flags and placards in their hands led by State President, who was accompanied by Leader of Legislative party Ashok Khajuria and other leaders including other senior leaders, state office bearers, district and morcha presidents and Cells convenors.
Jugal Kishore Sharma, while condemning the brutal lathi-charge on the party activists, said that use of force and violence will not cow down and hold back BJP cadre from raising issues of public concern and exposing the government for mis-governance, corruption, discrimination with Jammu and Ladakh regions and plight of refugees, SCs, STs, OBCs, Gujjar, youth, farmers etc.
He said that the state government has completed five years in the office and the party MLAs will seek explanation on the floor of the house for its anti-people, anti-youth and pro-Kashmir policies in the current session of legislature and develop public opinion and pressure to make it comprehend and realize depth of peoples anger against the government on account of their grievances and force it to take effective steps to redress the same.