No statehood till peace prevails in Kashmir: BJP

BJP Saturday made it clear that no statehood will be restored till peace completely prevails in Kashmir.

“The Prime Minister and the Home Minister have already made it clear on the floor of the house that Jammu and Kashmir won’t be given statehood back till militancy is over in the Valley,” BJP Secretary for J&K, Ashok Koul told reporters after unfurling tricolour at BJP headquarters here.

Koul said that statehood will be restored and uninterrupted internet service will also be there “when militants cease to exist” and there will be peace all across Kashmir Valley. “When everyone including us (BJP workers) will be able to roam freely, Jammu & Kashmir will get its statehood back,” he said.

In response to a question, Koul said that regional parties in Jammu and Kashmir “will come out like frogs” when date for elections will be announced. “These parties boycotted ULB (urban local body) and Panchayat polls but contested Parliament elections. Let date for Assembly polls be declared, these parties will come out like frogs,” Koul said.

He said political process will soon start in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, administration had installed LED screens at vital locations in Srinagar displaying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s I-Day speech live. Sources said that projectors were installed at TRC crossing, Jehangir Chowk and other parts of Srinagar.