Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav on Thursday said that political parties, Hurriyat and some Jamaat-e-Islami leaders’ “groomed militants and their ideology in Kashmir” for their own interests. He alleged that corruption touched new heights in Jammu and Kashmir in the past three decades and Prime Minister Modi led government has now decided to act tough against the elements, who swindled public money in the state.
Addressing BJP worker’s rally at Balhama on Srinagar outskirts, Madhav trained his guns at Hurriyat and some Jamaat-e-Islami leaders stating, “There is no doubt that militants are infiltrating from across while there are some local militants as well. There are some political parties, Hurriyat and Jamaat-e-Islami leaders who supported militancy and militant ideology for their own vested interests in Kashmir.”
He said security forces are dealing with the militants in Kashmir and this time in a “more successful way than ever.” “But that’s not enough. PM Modi led government has started acting against the militant sympathizers as well. Some political parties supported militants and their ideology indirectly and at times directly as well. Hurriyat leaders and some Jamaat-e-Islami leaders also supported militants while their own children are studying in foreign countries,” Madhav said.
“There have been two reasons that make a militant in Kashmir the deceitful politics of some political parties and support through money and other means by Hurriyat, Jamaat leaders and some individuals. Now some politicians are talking about Gola barood
(explosives). Unless these elements are dealt with, peace won’t prevail in the state,” Madhav added.
“Separatists will have to be lodged at Tihar jail and corrupt politicians in Srinagar jail,” he said without naming any political leader.
The BJP national general secretary said that corrupt politicians will be taken to task. “A major scam in J&K Bank is being unearthed and big names are coming to fore. Irrespective of their political affiliations or even if they have served as ministers, we will urge the government to take stern action against them for gobbling public money,” he said. “Thousands of crores are being sent by New Delhi to Kashmir every year, but that money has never reached a common man during the past thirty years,” he added.
“There is unemployment in every state of India but not to the extent that a qualified youth doesn’t get a job. In Kashmir, even a youth with Phd degree is unemployed just because of shameless politicians,” he said.
Referring to Article 370, Madhav said, “If Article 370 was a must for sate’s development, why have the regional parties failed to bring even one single big industry to J&K since 1950. We will have a debate on the Article 370 with the people, who support it. I want to ask them (politicians) what stopped them from inviting even a single big business house to Kashmir during the past seven decades.”
Return of Kashmiri Pandits
“Kashmir is a place where every community used to live in a peace and atmosphere full of love prior to 1990. But due to an unfortunate development, Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their homes and they got settled in various parts of the country. At present they are away from their homes and living a life of refugees,” Madhav said.
He said that BJP wants their dignified return to their homes with a safety and security measures in place for them.
Keep regional parties at bay
Madhav said that the upcoming assembly polls are an opportunity for the people to keep the regional parties, which have “looted state resources through their family rule,” out of power forever.
“Forthcoming elections will give J&K people a great opportunity to throw out the regional parties that have ruined the state through their dynasty rule. One party was losing and another coming to power and this process continued for the past three decades.”
He said that “it’s time for the people of J&K to bring BJP to power.”
Referring to the BJP youth leader and national vice president Bharatiya Janata Party Yuwa Morcha (BJPYM) Er Aijaz Hussain, Madhav said that “youth like Aijaz deserve to represent people in the Assembly. He has a bright future and people of Sonwar should support him by all means.”
Expressing shock over the memorandum handed over to him by Aijaz that mentioned Balhama area has neither a play ground nor a degree college, Madhav said he will take up the issue with the concerned authorities and ensure that the area gets a degree college and a play ground .
Later Madhav visited ancient Bala temple in Balhama area and paid obeisance there.
He was accompanied by BJP leader Khalid Jehangir, Surinder Ambardar, Er Aijaz and others.