Jammu: Sham Lal Sharma, the Health, Horticulture and Floriculture Minister of Jammu and Kashmir state, said the state should be trifurcated for better development.
While addressing a rally chaired by Saifuddin Soz, the president of the state unit of Congress party, in Bani town of the state on Monday, Sharma raised the demand of making Jammu a separate state and said that Leh should be given the status of a Union Territory.
“With the permission of the state Party President Saifuddin Soz, I would like to say that if you want to develop this province then Kashmir should be given freedom and its property. Jammu should be made a separate state and Leh should be made a union territory. This is the only solution of this problem. The people of Jammu should stay united,” said Sharma.
According to Agence India Press correspondent, Sharma further added that people of Jammu are being ignored and discriminated against, adding that this has continued for years. He asked Soz to consider the proposal.
Sharma added that the recent reports of Finance Commission indicated regional discrimination and disparity in the findings.
Meanwhile, Soz in his address expressed his views of keeping all three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Leh united, and ensured equal and balanced development in all the regions.
Kashmir has witnessed massive demonstrations this year for four months. More than 108 people have been killed in firing by the security forces.
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