Congress appointing 'loyalists' in govt for poll gains: BJP

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Jammu, Jun 6 (UNI) Bharatiya Janata Party state unit today alleged that the Jammu and Kashmir government was appointing Congress ''loyalists'' in the administration through a fast track process to get benefits in the coming Assembly elections.

Addressing a press conference here, BJP state president Ashok Khajuria said, ''we have enough evidence about the state government appointing Congress ''loyalists'' in different government departments and giving key positions to Congress oriented officials in the bureaucratic set up.'' He said the party would petition the Election Commission to intervene in the matter and direct the government to stop such an exercise.

However, pointing to government's move to induct former Chief Secretary B R Kundal into the state Cabinet, Mr Khajuria said this was a glaring example that Mr Kundal ''was serving the cause of the Congress party throughout his tenure up to Chief Secretary level, thereby signaling that bureaucrats can get lucrative placements if they serve interest of the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir.'' ''These exercises are being done by the state government headed by Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to utilise their services in coming Assembly elections scheduled to be held by October this year,'' Mr Khajuria alleged.

The BJP had decided to bring these facts to notice of the Election Commission to stop such exercises which would vitiate the impartiality of the coming Assembly elections, he added.

Moreover, the Pradesh BJP Chief also criticised the Central government for hiking prices of petroleum products, Shrine Board's decision of introducing paid darshans at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, while the party demanded Central University status for the Jammu University and opening of more campuses in different districts of Jammu province.

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