Vote for BJP to restore peace, development in JK: Arora

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Srinagar, Apr 5: Seeking vote for BJP candidates to restore peace and development in the Jammu and Kashmir, a senior party leader Ramesh Arora however expressed concern over withdrawal of security of political leaders and activities in the valley.
All those who are in favour of restoration of peace and development in the state should vote for the BJP candidates, contesting from all the three seats in the valley besides two in Jammu, Arora told a group of media persons here on Friday.
He claimed that BJP is the only party which can restore normalcy and took forward development agenda besides providing jobs to youths.
However, he said the BJP was not in favour of continuation of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) but due to present security situation it cannot be reviewed or revoked. However, Arora demanded that state police personnel should also be covered under the act since they are actively involved in fight against the militancy. The Act could be revoked when the situation become normal, he said.
Criticising former chief minister Omar Abdullah on the issue of Sader-e-Riyasat and Wazir-e-Azam, Arora said these issues are settled long before and his grandfather Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah had also endorsed it.
He also criticized another former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who was heading a coalition government with BJP in the state. Arora said she should focus on her party instead of criticizing BJP.
Arora was concerned over the withdrawal of security of activists of different political parties, including BJP. The decision at this time when election process was going on was not correct, he said adding process to withdraw security should have been started after elections.