Jammu, Nov 4: VHP chief Praveen Togadia today urged the Centre’s special representative on Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma to give priority to resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits within a time frame.
He also called for abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution and opposed the dialogue process with separatists.
“Unless Kashmiri Pandits are not settled in their homeland, no dialogue is worth its meaning. The fact that they cannot come back to their homes is not only painful, but insulting as well,” he told reporters here.
“Therefore, I ask Sharma to give priority to the issue and ensure their settlement within a time frame,” he said.
“It is good that the Centre has appointed Dineshwar Sharma as special representative to Jammu and Kashmir but his focus should be on return of Kashmiri Hindus to the Valley and decades old discrimination with Jammu,” Dr Togadia said.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) chief, who arrived here yesterday, is on a three-day tour of Jammu region.
He is chairing a Hindu Helpline convention in which over 100 delegates from across the country are taking part.
Togadia also spoke against having a dialogue with separatists in the Valley.
“Those demanding ‘Azadi’ or self-rule should go to Pakistan as those talking against the constitution are traitors. They have no right to live in this country.
“As far as Pakistani agents are concerned, a dialogue with them will not help as they would not understand. They only understand the language of AK 47,” he said.
The VHP leader added that the “factors coming in the way of complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India, like Article 35A and Article 370, be removed to bring back prosperity to the state”.
Article 35A and Article 370 accord special rights and privileges to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Kashmir centric people are getting undue benefits under the shade of Article 370 and Article 35-A and it should be abrogated,” he asserted.
“All states are equal in India. There is no question of special status to J&K,” he added and said all special powers and recognitions to the state must be withdrawn.
In reply to a question about Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s “warning” in July that there would be no one in the state to hold the tricolour, if special rights and privileges to the state will be tinkered with, the VHP chief said, “Praveen Togadia and crores of my associates across the country will come to shoulder the flag”.
“You (Mufti) do not worry about Tiranga. Togadia with crores of Hindus will carry it to J&K.”
“You (Mufti) save your chair and we will save Tiranga,” said Dr Togadia.
The controversial leader also remarked that those indulging in stone pelting against security forces in the Valley should be carpet bombed.
“We should strive to make Jammu and Kashmir terrorism free and those who indulge in stone pelting against soldiers should be carpet bombed,” he said.
On illegal settlement of Rohingyas in Jammu, Dr Togadia said, “they are threat to the society and illegally settled.”
“They must be deported back, which is in the interest of the country,” he added.