Irfan A Mir
Srinagar, Aug 7: BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav Friday hinted that appointment of LG Manoj Sinha will pave way for resumption of political process in J&K.
Madhav said that replacement of Girish Chandra Murmu should not be seen as bureaucratic versus politician issue. 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.
“Manoj Sinha is a political figure who has served as minister during Modi’s 1.0 rule. All Governors from Jagmohan to Murmu have done tremendous work in J&K. Time has come for political process to resume in J&K and Sinha can better understand the need of political exercise”, Madhav said.
He said 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”.
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 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 have been released months back”, the BJP leader said and added, “What is stopping them from taking forward political activities?”.
Lashing out on mainstream political parties for trying to foment 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 separatism in the Valley. Every citizen of the country supported of our decision”, he asserted.
The BJP leader that his party is committed to take J&K to new 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,” Madhav said.
Hitting out to mainstream political parties who are demanding restoration of special status of J&K, the 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, he 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 militancy is still haunting Valley, there are security concerns in their return and it is our top priority to bring the community to their homes. We will keep our full concentration on their return as Article 370 has gone now”, Madhav said. (KNS)