Stop ‘promoting’ RSS in Chenab Valley, Rana tells Govt
Provincial President of National Conference Devender Singh Rana on Wednesday came down heavily on the government for what he called promoting Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Chenab Valley by "permitting lathi-wielding Swayamsevaks to march on the streets of Doda."
"This is for the first time when such an activity has been allowed in the town by the administration, ignoring the sensitivities involved," he told a meeting of party functionaries while winding up his three-day visit of Chenab Valley.
Rana and some other NC leaders also addressed workers at Bhaderwah.
Rana regretted that the administration has "become a tool in the hands of the ruling BJP which is furthering the agenda of RSS openly and brazenly. The permission for the march by Khaki-shorts-donned and lathi-wielding Swayamsevaks sans the administrative wisdom, as such (it's) a provocation (which) can have serious ramifications across the region," he said, hoping that the government will "understand its folly and take appropriate corrective initiatives so that peace and tranquility is maintained in the ensuing festive season."
Rana reminded the BJP of its "onerous responsibilities for maintaining peace, being partners in the government and advised its ministers in particular that they should come out of the opposition syndrome and act as per tenets of the Constitution."
"While the BJP has a proven record of being perfect agitationists (sic), they are yet to make a mark as responsible administrators," he said, adding: "With the willing support of the PDP, the duo is out to vitiate the atmosphere to divert attention of people from the mess created in the state."
He appealed to the people of Chenab Valley in general and National Conference cadre in particular to "see through the PDP-BJP game-plan and foil all attempts of dividing the society by maintaining time-tested unity." He recalled that his party has "all along been pleading to the political class to rise above party politics when it comes to maintaining tranquility and sustaining peace."
He advised the ruling alliance to "desist from testing the patience and resolve of the peace loving people of the Chenab Valley."