Senior BJP leader Prof Hari Om on Wednesday demanded trifurcation of the State into Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh States and separate homeland within Kashmir for Kashmiri Hindus, saying the four-way split of the State has become absolutely imperative.
"Trifurcation of the State and bifurcation of Kashmir is a must to restrict the area of strife to Kashmir and enable the people of Jammu and Ladakh and Kashmiri Hindus to shape and control fully their political and economic future within India and under the Indian Constitution, barring the separatist and regressive Article 370," Om said.
He said that four-way split of the State would puncture the ongoing secessionist and sectarian movement in Kashmir. "It will defeat the Pakistani designs and help New Delhi strengthen the nationalist constituency in this sensitive part of the country," he said, and added that J&K State is an unnatural formation consisting of three disparate regions.
"Division of the State has become all the more necessary considering the dangerous ganging up of all Kashmiri leaders against India and highly hostile attitude of Kashmiri leaders of all shades of opinion to even such petty demands as revival of Dogra certificate and withdrawal of the Jizya tax that was imposed by the ruling PDP to reduce the number of pilgrims to the Mata Vaishno Devi," he asserted.
"Nationalist and grossly ignored and politically marginalized people of Jammu region and Ladakh and the hounded-out Kashmiri Hindus do not want to have any kind of truck with the radicalized and pro-Pakistan Kashmiri leadership," he said, adding that they would get entirely submerged under the rising tide of Kashmiri Muslim sub-nationalism and the country would suffer huge losses in case the State is maintained as a single political unit.
The political leadership in the region has never ever discharged its obligation towards the people of Jammu region in particular, he lamented.
The BJP leader urged the party high command and Modi Government to look all these facts and undertake steps aimed at isolating the Kashmiri leadership.