Jailed Kashmir politicians were never loyal to country: BJP

On whether there was any possibility of getting back Article 370, Khanna quipped, “This is day-dreaming.”
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Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday said Jammu and Kashmir mainstream politicians presently under detention always worked against the country's sovereignty. The party said the politicians' release would be considered only when elections are near.

Talking to GreaterKashmir, BJP's national vice-president and J&K affairs in-chargeAvinash Rai Khanna said that almost all the politicians who are servingdetention since August 5 in Kashmir were never loyal to country and insteadharmed the country's sovereignty.

"I wonder whether they werereally people's leaders. Had that been the case, why not a single personprotested to seek their release," Khanna said. "If a Sarpanch is detained forsome reason, entire village erupts in protest."

"These leaders always fooled the people on one or the otherpretext just to secure votes and to loot the state exchequer to fill their owncoffers," Khanna said.

Asked whether these politicians would be released given theLieutenant Governor's statement that polls would soon be held in J&K soon,the BJP leader said, "Let poll time come, the concerned agencies will take areview to decide whether these politicians need to be released."

"The reality is that BJP is getting acceptance in Jammu,Kashmir and Ladakh with people getting what they wanted for years together," hesaid.

On whether there was any possibility of getting back Article370, Khanna quipped, "This is day-dreaming."

"We are committed to give back the Statehood to J&K andthat will happen at an appropriate time," he said.

"With J&K getting permanently re-integrated with theUnion of India after 70 years, people in both the UTs are reaping benefits ofgood governance right at their door step. BJP is working day and night toensure that there is no governance deficit in J&K and Ladakh UTs," he said.

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