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COVID-19 cases increasing but restrictions only for commoners, not for BJP
Admin opens Guest House for BJP to organize birthday party, meetings
5/31/2020 11:30:06 PM
EARLY TIMES REPORT

JAMMU, May 31: In view of the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases in UT as well as in entire country, the lockdown restrictions in district Kathua, are appeared to be only for commoners but for Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) even PWD Guest house could be opened for organizing a birthday party of a senior leader, as well as for organizing political meetings.
The incident happened on Saturday afternoon at Public Works Department (PWD) Guest House Billawar, when a birthday-party was thrown on the birth anniversary of a senior leader. As per the photographs circulated on social media sites as well as in the possession of Early Times, the physical distancing norms were found to be openly flouted, with party workers as well as the birthday leader found huddled for a number of group photographs.
The senior leaders of the party from Billawar including Chairman, Presidents of various sister organizations, could be seen shoulder to shoulder, while face masks of maximum of them hanging in their necks rather than covering the mouth and nose. Gifts were exchanged by the party workers and leaders to the senior leader, who had contested assembly elections on BJP ticket in the year 2008 but lost.
Sources informed Early Times that the leader had also distributed some ration packets among the needy people to make his birthday a publicity affair and then reached the guest house.
“As per lockdown norms, the political meetings as well as gatherings is not allowed but Billawar administration has been allowing the BJP workers to hold meetings on functions that too in the Government Guest House”, a local leader said, adding that it was also surprising that apart from Birthday party, the Billawar administration had also permitted the BJP leaders to hold another political meeting, the other day in the same guest house.
Only two days back, under the nose of Billawar administration, the BJP leaders had also organized a party meeting at the same guest house. Several party functionaries as well as leaders from Kathua town were also present in the meeting and were felicitated by garlanding.
The meeting at PWD Guest House was held at a time, when political meetings were not allowed by the government to other political parties but for BJP, the administration seemed to be lenient. “Who opened the PWD guest house frequently for the BJP leadership, whether any application is sought by administration or BJP needs no permission to organize such political gathering?”, a political said.
The LG led UT administration should take cognizance of the matter and initiate action against the involved party leaders, who could be responsible for spreading infection.
ADC Billawar Sudesh Sharma was not available for comments as his phone was out of network coverage area.
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