Ex-BJP member says fall of govt exposed saffron party

Pathners Party has , meanwhile, thanked PDP for "exposing" the BJP because the Panthers believe the right-wing party had "compromised on the party''s basic pro-Jammu stand."

YOGESH SAGOTRA
Jammu, Publish Date: Jun 20 2018 1:24AM | Updated Date: Jun 20 2018 1:24AM
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The BJP's withdrawal from the PDP-led government on Tuesday evoked unexpected reactions from even those considered closer to the saffron party.

The legislator from Udhampur constituency Pawan Gupta, who was a junior minister from BJP's quota in the Mufti Syed-led coalition that came up to rule J&K in 2014, is happy over the breakup between BJP and PDP.  Gupta, now the lone independent MLA from Jammu province, says BJP was towing a "separatist line" in the state by condoning the decision such as releasing of stone pelters and also supporting the ceasefire against militants during the holy month of Ramdhan.

Pathners Party has , meanwhile, thanked PDP for "exposing" the BJP because the Panthers believe the right-wing party had "compromised on the party's basic pro-Jammu stand."

The lone independent Member of Legislative assembly for Jammu Province’s Udhampur segment, Pawan Gupta said, "It had to happen as BJP was left with no other option.” He said some of the decision that the BJP condoned after PDP forced them were detrimental for the party's poll prospects in 2019.

 “Decisions like releasing stone pelters and unilateral ceasefire during the month of Ramadan could boomerang badly for the BJP on national level, particularly ahead of general election,” he said adding, “The party (BJP) has actually demoralized every nationalist and sane voice, which resulted the radicalization of youth and deteriorated the situation,” he maintained.

Gupta asserted that the BJP had finally realized the fault "but this would not help them regain the lost ground as situation in Kashmir has already deteriorated beyond control.”

Gupta claimed that things might have been better if the BJP had played an assertive role and remained more vocal about its own men in the government.

“BJP got a massive mandate from Jammu region but the party failed to materialize on it and on other hand PDP gained out of this meek stand” he said.

 Meanwhile, National Panthers Party Chief Professor Bhim Singh has dismissed the pullout as  BJP’s  second stunt to save face on national scene.

Singh alleged that the BJP in J&K had been working as "bonded laborer" under PDP "to earn their bread and butter. The BJP at the Centre", he said,  "realized the folly and called its ministers in J&K government to Delhi to sign their resignation letters."

He also thanked PDP for giving up power and exposing the saffron party "for the welfare of the people of Jammu province." 

Panun Kashmir, an organization of Kashmir Migrants has   welcomed decision of BJP.

Praising Ram Madhav, BJP National General Secretary and the pointman regarding J&K state, Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, President Pannun Kashmir said that “BJP could not do what it desired to do in the J&K state for the last three years..It requires great courage to admit failure on public platform.”

He claimed that BJP should thoroughly review and introspection the issue at all levels regarding J&K.

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