Hitting hard the BJP and its state leadership for cheating the people of Jammu, former Minister and senior Congress leader said that the BJP has lost the moral right to go to Jammu people after betrayal after betrayal. Stating that Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has “cheated” people of Jammu, Bhalla accused the Union government of reducing status of people of the region to “fourth class citizens” even when they voted the party to power in Assembly and Parliamentary polls. This was stated by former Minister while interacting with prominent persons of Trikuta Nagar Extension, Ward-55 who approached him with resentment over latest anti-people decisions of BJP Govt in J&K.“The honour of people of Jammu has been compromised and downgraded by the leaders who claimed to be the champion of their cause in the region. BJP climbed political ladder raising voice against discrimination with people of this region. They ended up doing same disparity with the people who voted them to power to rule the country,” said Bhalla.
Coming down heavily on BJP leadership for indulging into misinformation campaign against Congress, Bhalla said that it is all due to the concerted efforts of great leaders like Prime Ministers Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Manmohan Singh that India is on the path of prosperity. “BJP is just inaugurating the mega projects which were built and completed by Congress party,” pointed out Bhalla.
Firing a salvo on the BJP leadership, Bhalla said Jammu people are now realizing their mistake committed in 2014 and 2019 as these people who were sent by the voters to raise their voice, kept mum and the public voice remained unheard for six long years. It is hoped that the people of Jammu will surely correct the past mistake and reject such opportunists and exploiters and show them their place in the future elections.
Bhalla expressed great resentment over cancellation of Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra this year saying that the Yatra has been both a way of earning revenue for the locals for offering services to the pilgrims and also making a living out of it.
Strongly condemning the Union Government for installing additional Toll Plaza on the National Highway at Lakhanpur, Bhalla appealed the Government not to make Jammu city of Toll Plazas. It was disturbing to note that rather than shutting down Ban Toll and Sarore Toll Plaza, the Central Government established one more Toll Plaza at Lakhnpur.
He said that every year, around one crore devotees comes to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra and now they have to pay toll tax at three places on the their routes from Lakhanpur to Katra.