JK BJP asked to desist from creating controversies

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Srinagar, Mar 9: Amid differences between the coalition partners, the BJP high command has directed its state leaders to sideline the controversial issues and focus on the developmental issues.
A senior BJP leader on condition of anonymity said that the state leaders have been directed not to comment on every issue. “Instead only authorized leaders should comment on controversial issues,” the BJP leader said.
BJP National Vice President and Kashmir affairs in-charge, Avinash Rai Khana when contacted said that though the party leaders can speak on any issue, but before statement on any issues especially the controversial one, the party president must be aware.
Sources said that the party high command has given a strict direction to leaders and minister to desist and avoid giving controversial statements.
It is to mention here that previously the Party High command had authorized Deputy Chief minister Dr Nirmal Singh and BJP state unit president Sat Sharma to speak on different matters.
The PDP and BJP have differences on several critical issues including on Rohingayas, Article 370, Article 35-A. The J&K government’s decision to set up a probe and register a case of murder against the Army for the three deaths has also strained relations between coalition partners. After the police registered an FIR against 10 Garwhal Rifles of the Army, the BJP demanded withdrawal of the FIR.
Now the coalition partners are also divided on Kuthua incident. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has rejected the demand of the BJP of transferring Kuthua case to the Central Bureau of Investigation thus clearly indicating PDP’s dominance on the coalition government.
In a bid to avoid further controversies, sources said senior BJP leaders have directed its ministers and MLAs not to raise the issue that could create rift between the alliance partners. Sources said Mehbooba Mufti had also raised this issue with the centre after which the BJP high command asked its ministers to avoid the controversies.
“Senior BJP leaders told the party ministers to sideline some of the issues that create wedge within the party and also hit the functioning of the coalition government,” sources said.
They said for the smooth functioning of the government, most of the BJP leaders are of the opinion that the controversial issues must be kept at the back back burner.
“The ministers have been told to focus on their work rather than issuing statements,” another BJP leader said. (KNS)