Will Create Secure Atmosphere For AFSPA Revocation: BJP

1 December 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
M Aamir Khan

Srinagar: Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had always reacted sharply against those batting for the revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in J&K, the party today said it would create a secure atmosphere for its abrogation if voted to power in the state. 'If the BJP comes to power in the state, there will not be any need of such a law (AFSPA). We will create such an atmosphere where there would be no fear and everything will move forward peacefully and there will be no need of it. people need to trust the BJP. The present government has failed to secure the atmosphere,' BJP state vice-president and Kashmir in charge Ramesh Arora told mediapersons here. Arora criticised other parties for 'dragging' the BJP into the Article 370 issue and said the party had already made its stand clear and stated that it wanted a discussion in this regard. 'Now that the BJP has kept a low profile on it, these people have been exposed and started giving provocative speeches,' he added. The BJP call for debate, after it had started eyeing forming government in J&K, was viewed by the political analysts as softening of its stand on Article 370 that grants special status to the state. Arora claimed that in the Valley too there was a 'Modi wave' like other parts of the country that had unnerved leaders of other parties, including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. While several quarters in the Valley have been demanding return of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC)-run power projects to the state, Arora said, 'People in any state should have the first right over what that state produces.'