PDP's Ally BJP Pleads 'Big No' To AFSPA Repeal

7 April 2015
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Jammu: The State Legislative Assembly Tuesday witnessed chaotic scenes as BJP legislators stormed into Well of the House amid anti-Pakistan slogans and placards which read: 'Big no to AFSPA revocation.' The House witnessed uproar as the members of opposition National Conference and Congress questioned the protesting BJP legislators stating that they were contradicting their own Common Minimum Program (CMP) and the Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed's assertions over scrapping the act. In the bedlam of almost 10 minutes, the ministers from the PDP-BJP coalition, preferred to remain silent. As the Question Hour started, BJP legislators Ravinder Raina, Rajeev Jasrotia and Dr GaganBaghat resorted to massive anti-Pakistan sloganeering while other party colleagues supported them. Raina, Jasrotia and Baghat stormed into the Well amid slogans 'Pakistan haihai; security forces zindabad.' Bhagat was carrying a placard which read: 'Big No to AFSPA removal.' The Speaker Kavinder Gupta asked them to go back to their seats and speak from there. 'Sir, we will not allow AFSPA to go,' said BJP member, Dr Bhagat. BJP's another member Raina said 'Pakistan won't be allowed to spread terror in J&K. Pakistan should understand that J&K is India.' They, however, were strongly countered by members of opposition National Conference and Congress. Independent MLA from Langate, ErAbdur Rashid also countered them by storming into the Well of the House. 'What is this drama? Your Chief Minister says he will get this act revoked. Your CMP has a mention about it, you are contradicting your own CMP,' said NC legislator Ali Muhammad Sagar. Joining the chorus, NC member NazirGurezi said the House is being confused. 'BJP members are saying AFSPA should not go, CMP says it will go, Chief Minister says he will revoke the act. What is the reality?' he asked. Congress legislator from Leh, NuwangRigzinJora said the BJP legislators were 'playing a big drama' in the House. 'They are saying AFSPA can't be revoked, their Chief Minister is on record that this act will go. Why this dual policy? And I want to know what has happened to the claims of 56-inch chest,' he said in an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendera Modi. Talking to Greater Kashmir, BJP leader Ravinder Raina said the House must pass a unanimous resolution condemning the attacks carried out by militants in Samba, Kathua, Baramula, Tral and Shopian. 'During our protest, we were demanding that a condemnation resolution be passed against Pakistan in the House for promoting terror in J&K,' he said. On whether the fresh stand taken by the BJP legislators in the House contradicts the claims made in the CMP and the assertions of Chief Minister, the BJP leader said the 'situation is deteriorating in the State on the security front. Under such circumstances, we can't leave the people of State at the mercy of militant groups by revoking the AFSPA. Rather, it is time to further strengthen the hands of our forces.'