Rajnath for political battle to end discrimination with Jammu18 April 2010
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Expressing serious concern over the discrimination with Jammu region in its share of seats in Assembly and Parliament, former national president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and MP, Rajnath Singh today said his party has to fight a big political battle in the State to seek equal share for Jammu. While addressing a party's concluding session of two-days State Executive meet here today, he said to achieve the goal party will fight a democratic battle in the State. Maintaining that BJP is not for lessening the Assembly and Parliamentary seats in Kashmir valley but at the same time it was for giving Jammu its due share in the State Assembly and Lok Sabha. Making a scathing attack on National Conference, Rajnath Singh said the party which is talking of democratic values and democratic process should address this problem of the Jammuites also. 'The NC is a partner in UPA and State coalition as well so they should take an initiative and give due representation to Jammu region'. The Election Commission of India should also take a cognizance to this and an initiative should also come from Central Government in this regard, he added. The BJP leader said till this problem is not addressed and Jammu gets its due share of seats, the region would continue to face injustice, he added. Rejecting the demand of autonomy, he said those who raise this demand want to further the agenda of Pakistan and Hurriyat Conference in J&K. 'We want J&K to be in the national mainstream and are committed to abrogation of Article 370' he added. Taking the Government to task on Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the BJP leader said it is giving confusing statements on this issue. He also criticized the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's statement regarding withdrawal of 37000 troops from J&K. The troops withdrawal has led to increase in militancy in J&K and in April month alone 20 terrorists were killed while trying to sneak in Indian territory in J&K he added. Maintaining that the deteriorating security situation in Pakistan was also a cause of concern for India, he said the nation has to remain alert. Lambasting the UPA Government, he said India faced a diplomatic defeat on international fora due to its wrong foreign policy. Ridiculing the Government claims that it has become a strategic partner to US by signing a nuclear deal with it, he said if it is so why India could not force the US to stop financial aid to Pakistan whose major portion US too admitted was being spent on terrorism. India should categorically ask US to clear its stand on terrorism or otherwise reject to accept 45 lakh $ US aid to India. Accusing the UPA for price hike Mr Singh said it is because of economic mismanagement, corruption, hoarding and black marketing that prices have touched the sky. He, while saluting the farmers of the country for producing the buffer crops said the godowns are filled with food grains but people are starving. 'Our godowns were filled with wheat in 2007 but these perished. Had this been brought out and distributed among people the prices would have automatically come down', he added. Moreover the Government should also create a balance by giving a support price to farmers for their produce. If any body in last 62 years could contain the prices it was the Atal Behari Vajpayee and this has been an admitted fact now, he added. He said even the disparity among the rich and poor is increasing that has led to the problem of naxalism in the country. The Naxalites are also making this argument for taking to arms. So there is need to rethink over nation's economic model, he added. Earlier the BJP State president briefed on two days meet. The other senior BJP leaders present included, national vice president Shanta Kumar, leader of Legislative Party Chaman Lal Gupta, national Executive member, Dr Nirmal Singh, Ashok Khajuria MLA and Daya Krishan Kotwal.