April 2019 News

Kashmir Not Anybody's Fiefdom: Madhav

27 April 2019
Greater Kashmir
Khalid Gul

Anantnag: Kashmir is an integral part of India, not anybody's personal fiefdom, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said on Saturday. He was responding to PDP president Mehbooba Mufti's statement that Kashmir should be set free if the country was at loss-as remarked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-because of Article 370 and 35A. Trending News Elaborate security in place for Kulgam polls tomorrow Agri land conversion making 60% J&K population poorer by the day: Report Mob attacks Kishtwar DC's office Madhav, who is BJP's in charge for Kashmir, was at Dak Bangalow-Khanabal in Anantnag to campaign for party's Lok Sabha candidate Sofi Yousuf. He later addressed the media persons. 'Let me make it clear to everyone that Kashmir is an integral part of India and not any one's fiefdom. Yeh kisi key baap ya maa ki jageer nahi. It (Kashmir) is pride of millions of Indians. It is not going to change and sooner the PDP and other regional parties understand this the better,' said Madhav. Latest News Srinagar in fray for UNESCO Creative Cities Network Tulip Garden closed Seminar on Urdu language, literature begins at KU Anjuman Nusratul Islam organises extension lecture He said that regional parties were befooling the people and playing politics of rhetoric. Denying that his party compromised on its ideology by allying with the same PDP in 2015, Madhav referred to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's accord with NC founder Sheikh Abdullah in 1975. 'What we did was not compromise at all. It a mere test for us. In 1975 Indira signed a pact with Sheikh so as to give better direction to J&K's politics. But then because of the failure of NC leadership the political situation in Kashmir changed in 1987. The state went into chaos. Similarly, in 2015 we gave a similar opportunity to PDP leadership but they failed to capitalize on it and instead took the state towards the path of destruction,' he said. Madhav said that the party's stand on Kashmir was the same as advocated by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee-Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat, Jamhooriyat. 'We are fighting this election on development plank but these regional parties in J&K are a big hurdle in progress. But for development peace is a prerequisite and for that militancy needs to be wiped out. Our party is fighting for the same and people should cooperate with us' said he. He said the party has a roadmap for the state and 'things will soon be on the track in Kashmir'. Without elaborating, Madhav said that the party's stand on Article 370 and 35A 'is clear'. 'However, the Parliament would deliberate on it and take a call accordingly. For now, development is the core issue for us,' he said. Asked about problems caused by traffic ban on the highway, Madhav said, 'These measures are temporary. I know this place well and you can reach Anantnag through various other routes. A traffic jam on a normal day is a healthy sign of development. But yes, that problem needs to be sorted out.' Madhav said that people of Kashmir have 'given a befitting reply to separatists and the regional parties by defying call for a boycott of polls'. 'The turnout in the first and second phase in Baramulla and Srinagar was very good much better than earlier LS elections and we expect better one here in Anantnag. This despite the threats by local parties that if Modi comes to power J&K will be in trouble. And, if they are elected they we will get a separate PM and President here and even get J&K separated. This hasn't worked at all for them,' said Madhav. On the delay in Assembly elections, he said, 'Our party has talked to Election Commission and we are hopeful they will be held soon and a government would be in place here.' Madhav said the party will increase its seat tally this LS election. 'Last time we had three seats out of six. We are expecting at least four this time,' he said. 'Everyone knows the result of this election. People knew even before the start of the polls that there will be a government led by Modi. After the conclusion of the three phases, there is a wave in favour of Modi and we can say with confidence that Modi will get another term,' he said. The BJP leader said the party was also hopeful of improving its tally of seats in Jammu and Kashmir as compared to the 2014 elections.