NC, Cong tussle hampering development: JKNPP

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Wednesday accused the leaders of Congress and National Conference (NC) of being involved in a "bitter" battle for ministerial berths and ignoring public grievances and development projects.

"Leaders of both Congress and NC are involved in a tug-of-war for state ministerial berths. They have no interest in resolving public-related problems," JKNPP State President and MLA, Balwant Singh Mankotia told reporters here.

"Due to the ongoing tussle between the coalition members, the development work has taken a backseat in the state," Mankotia said.

As a result of the frequent verbal battle between Congress and NC, people have lost faith in these two political parties, he said and added, "therefore, they do not have any right to remain in power".

Mankotia further demanded the regularization of Special Police Officers (SPOs) and Village Defense Committee (VDC) members, who played an important role to help crush militancy in the state.

He asserted, "the issue has been raised on several occasions in the state assembly and despite the commitment the government has failed to do anything in this regard." Mankotia assured to raise the issue again in the next assembly session.

He alleged the state government of ignoring development work in the Jammu region. "JKNPP will continue to protest the issue till the time justice is done to Kashmir region," he added.