BJP toes RSS line, supports re-organisation of J&K
27 July 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: Even as the highcommand has not given signal to the party for raising Statehood demand, the State unit of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) today demanded reorganisation of the Jammu and Kashmir on regional basis. Virtually toeing the line of Sangh Parivar, the Pradesh BJP, contrary to highcommand's decision, passed a resolution in its two day state executive meeting and indirectly supported Parivar's demand of granting statehood to Jammu and Union Territory to Ladakh. The resolution passed in BJP's meeting read as 'the party is of the considered view that the solution of the Jammu problem lies in the reorganisation of the State polity on regional basis'. BJP's highcommand is opposed to the demand of statehood to Jammu but RSS has been staunchly supporting trifurcation demand. RSS chief Mr K S Sudershan, during his recent visit to Jammu, had openly favoured statehood for Jammu. It is worthwhile to mention here that State BJP president Dr Nirmal Singh discussed separate state issue with Deputy Prime Minister, L K Advani and party chief M Venkaiah Naidu at the side lines of the national executive committee meeting at Raipur. But these leaders flatly refused to give green signal to State unit to support this demand. However, while talking to reporters after meeting, state president Dr Nirmal Singh refused to define the term 're-organisation'. 'It is upto you to interpret this term in any way', he replied. Dr Singh, however, asserted that solution to Jammu problem lies in the re-organisation of the State polity on regional basis. Highlighting discrimination with Jammu region, he pointed out that even in the coalition Government important portfolios like Home, Finance, Administration, Planning and Development, Tourism, PHE, Revenue, Irrigation, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Food and Supplies and Rural Development have been grabbed by the Kashmiri leaders while Jammu was satisfied with Education, Healthcare, Roads and Buildings, PDD alone. 'The Congress-PDP-JKNPP coalition Government has turned out to be as unfair to Jammu as the National Conference Government was. The PDP, Congress, JKNPP and Kulgam based CPI-M have undoubtedly treated Jammu like a colony of Kashmir and rendered it ineffective and unreal for all practical purposes', he regretted. Pointing towards another resolution regarding citizenship for refugees of West Pakistan, Dr Singh disclosed that he has taken up this issue with Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L K Advani who has assured to take up this matter with the State Government. He said that BJP has all through supported demand of the West Pakistani refugees and warned the State Government from time to time not to deny these people their basic rights.