Article 370 annulment ended-up separatism in Valley: Ram Madahav says new LGs appointment will pave way for political resumption in J&K

BJP leader Ram Madhav

Srinagar, August 07: BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav Friday hinted out that appointment of LG Manoj Sinha will pave way for resumption of political activities in J&K.

Madhav said that replacement of Girish Chandra Murmu should not be seen as bureaucratic versus politician issue.

He said there was a need of some political acumen personality to be at helm who will pave way for carrying out political activities in J&K.

“Mr. Manoj Sinha is a political figure who had served several ministries during Modi’s 1.0 rule. All LGs from Jagmohan to Murmu have done tremendous work in J&K. Now there should be a political process to resume and Mr Sinha can better understand the need of political exercise”, Madhav said.

He said Mr. Sinha will carry forward the mission of his predecessors to its logical conclusion. “His appointment will provide comfort to local politics as BJP also wishes political process to resume in J&K”, Madhav said.

He added, “Once process of delimitation will culminate, the reins of local government will be handed over to local politicians”.

When asked how it is possible to resume political activities in J&K in absence of leadership who are still either imprisoned in jails or kept under house detention, Madhav denied and said all leaders are roaming freely and enjoying every service.

“I am surprised why political leaders don’t resume political activities in J&K when they are roaming in New Delhi, using Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp etc. They had been released months back”, BJP leader said and added, “What thing has stopped them from taking forward political activities, I don’t know?”.

Lashing out on mainstream political parties over fanning trouble on Article 370, Madhav said every citizen of the country including people of J&K have accepted the abrogation of Article 370 by heart.

“Since Article 370 was incorporated in Constitution, enough water had been flown till its abrogation. It was hollow inside but local politicians used it for hoodwinking people for political gains. By its annulment, we ended up separatism in Valley and now every citizen of the country did support of our decision”, he asserted.

BJP leader, on issue of development after abrogation of Article 370, stated that winters followed by Covid-19 pandemic put some hurdles in development but BJP is committed to take J&K into new developmental heights.
He said instead of saying what we have given to people of J&K, we should listen what they are saying? “They want violence free J&K. They don’t want to hit the streets for protests. They don’t want to go for resistance”, Madhav claimed.

Hitting out to mainstream political parties who are demanding restoration of special status of J&K, BJP leader said that those threaten for resistance should join Hurriyat. He urged political parties to represent people in true sense and speak on developmental issues instead of issuing threats of resistance, stone pelting etc.

About return of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, BJP leader said that when BJP came into power we took concrete steps for their return.

“Soon after BJP came into power, party started discussions with concerned stakeholders. We ensured job reservations for their youth. As we know terrorism is still haunting Valley, there are security concerns in their return and it is our top priority to bring the community to their homes. Erstwhile we took several steps for their return and we will keep our full concentration on their return as Article 370 has gone now”, Madhav said. (KNS)

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