Kashmir parties communalising situation for vote bank politics: BJP

28 June 2008
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: Making a scathing attack on so-called main stream political parties in Kashmir, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today alleged that like Hurriyat the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the Left and National Conference (NC) are playing with fire by communalising the Amarnath yatra and opposing the transfer of land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB). 'These parties are inciting innocent Kashmiri Muslims and inducing them to come on streets to vomit anti-India feelings with their ugly eyes on vote bank politics', BJP National Executive Member and former State president, Dr Nirmal Singh told reporters here today. Taking serious exception to attacks on Amarnath yatris in different parts of Kashmir, he said this has added fuel to the fire. He also expressed concern over perverted move of Chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Deputy Chief Minister, Muzaffar Hussain Baig and NC president, Omar Abdullah to drag the Constitutional Office of Governor into otherwise avoidable controversy over the Amarnath yatra. Dr Singh, while opposing these leaders suggestion that Governor in his capacity as chairman of the SASB should surrender the land said this suggestion is not only mischievous but aimed at promoting politics of separatism and communalism. He expressed the hope that Mr Vohra will outrightly reject this communally motivated suggestion as returning of land to Forest Department would be construed as a major concession to terrorism. He, while questioning the tirade launched by the Kashmiri leaders over the transfer of land to Board termed it communally motivated. 'None in Kashmir spoke against the encroachment of hundreds kanals of land by Kashmiri leaders in Jammu', he added. Dr Singh, who was closeted by BJP spokesman and senior vice president, Prof. Hari Om and state secretary of the party, S Charanjit Singh Khalsa said Party High Command has deputed R P Singh, BJP co-incharge J&K to Jammu to hold the meeting of Party’s core group and chalk out future strategy. Mr Singh will also lead a party delegation to meet State Governor tomorrow and apprise him of Party’s concern over the developments.