BJP Deputes Ram Madhav To Pacify Angry Workers

16 April 2015
Dinesh Manhotra

Jammu: The BJP leadership today deputed national general secretary Ram Madhav to placate its cadre, which is angry at the state government for allowing separatist leaders Masarat Alam and Syed Ali Shah Geelani to hold an anti-India rally in Srinagar on Wednesday. Ram Madhav was instrumental in forming the PDP-BJP alliance in J&K, but now a large number of party workers are demanding that ties with the Peoples Democratic Party should be snapped. Sources said the party leadership had realised that the state executive committee meeting on April 17 and 18 in Katra was likely to be stormy so the high command had decided to depute Madhav to pacify the cadre. 'Earlier, it was decided that Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna would remain in the meeting but after Wednesday's development, the high command has decided to send Ram Madhav,' a source said. Party workers have started airing their resentment publicly against the functioning of the coalition government in J&K, he added. The sources said that during the two-day state executive committee meeting, a political resolution was likely to be passed in which the party was likely to condemn its coalition partner, PDP, for adopting 'soft' policies on separatists. Meanwhile, reacting to rally participants waving Pakistani flag in Srinagar, the state unit of the BJP demanded immediate arrest of Masarat and Geelani. 'It's a matter of serious concern that such anti-national activities happened in Jammu and Kashmir and it is totally against the interests of the nation and people of Jammu and Kashmir. 'The BJP will at no cost tolerate such anti-national activities,' said spokesman for the state BJP Sunil Sethi.