JAMMU, JUL 15: Senior Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader and Member Legislative Council Ashok Khajuria has condemned the former CM and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti for her statement that if Centre maneuvered a split in the PDP then hundreds of Syed Salahuddins and Yasin Maliks will be born in the valley. Talking to Greater Jammu, Khajuria said that though BJP was in alliance with PDP but it was the autocratic attitude of Mehbooba that led to her distancing from the senior party leaders as a result of which she is faced with a revolt by her own party legislators. The BJP leader added that the valley has landed into utter chaos and lawlessness due to her soft corner for the separatist groups and militants and the people of the valley rightly hold her responsible for worsening the valley situation. He added that Mehbooba’s only agenda was to promote dynastic rule which was evident when she brought her brother from Mumbai to join the state cabinet.
When asked about the feeler sent out by a PDP legislator stating that many PDP legislators are ready to tie up with the BJP to form a government, Khajuria said that it is the prerogative of the Central leadership.
On being asked about allegations about the party having backtracked from its promises and commitments made to the people of the State, he outrightly dismissed the allegation.
He lambasted the opposition parties for spreading canards in this regard. He also backed up BJP’s decision to pull out of the alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir asserting that the state’s development and safety are more important than being in the power.
Lashing out at opposition which accused the BJP of surrendering everything for power, MLC Khajuria said that his Party has not compromised on its agenda and question of surrendering any issue including stand on Article 370 and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) does not arise.
He said all issues for which the BJP has been agitating over the years will continue to remain its priority and the abrogation of Article 370 would always remain part of Party’s manifesto.
The BJP has not detracted from its agenda on J&K and Party is committed to fulfill its commitment made to PoJK, West Pak refugees and displaced Pandits from Kashmir.
Backing up BJP’s pull out from the PDP-led government, MLC Ashok Khajuria said worsening law and order situation in the valley was the main reason for pulling out. He said the decision was not abrupt and was taken after three month long deliberations in the larger interest of the nation. The state’s development and safety are more important than being in the power.
The only alternative was Governor’s Rule because there will be a single line administration and it will ensure restoration of peace and normalcy, he said, adding, “During Governor’s rule, we are of the opinion that anti-terror operations and operations against anti-social elements will easily be carried out.”
Discrimination with Jammu and Ladakh regions was another reason for withdrawing support, Khajuria said, adding the discrimination with any region cannot be tolerated. “Modi govt made several efforts but partiality towards Jammu and Ladakh continued. That’s when we decided that we should rather protest in opposition,” he said, adding, “Under the PDP government, children took up stone-pelting. Attacks on army and security forces increased. We could not be part of such a government.”
The BJP MLC criticized those who were accusing the Party of ignoring the West Pak refugees and said the Party is seriously pursuing their issue also and it will not ignore them.
Reiterating BJP’s stand that Party is committed to dignified and honourable return of Kashmiri Pandits, Ashok Khajuria said that there is also no dilution on this issue. However, the Government will take the KP leadership into confidence before taking any final decision in this regard.
In a stern warning to the separatists, MLC Khajuria said the Central Government under the Prime Ministership of Narendra Modi will act tough against them and not tolerate their ‘provocative’ actions in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We will act tough, if any incident of provocative activities and hoisting Pakistani flag is repeated. We are not going to tolerate the waving of Pak flags and anti national activities,” he added.