'Discontent' in BJP's JK Unit

Greater Kashmir

Ghulam Muhammad Mir, state vice-president of BJP, has submitted a memorandum to BJP’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav and party chief Amit Shah seeking “due share for Kashmir in the upcoming Raj

Discontent seems to be deepening in the J&K Unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its nominations to the forthcoming Rajya Sabha polls, with its state vice-president writing to the High Command on “due share” for Kashmir in the polls.

Ghulam Muhammad Mir, state vice-president of BJP, has submitted a memorandum to BJP’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav and party chief Amit Shah seeking “due share for Kashmir in the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls.”

Mir said the memorandum primarily focuses on “many crucial issues the party is confronting in J&K while it is in power at the Centre.”

“If J&K is ignored despite BJP’s being in power at the Centre, the party can never flourish in Kashmir,” Mir told Greater Kashmir.

Asked whether the memorandum mentions that he (Mir) should be nominated for Rajya Sabha, he said: “Yes, I won’t deny that.”

Mir hails from Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. “We have highlighted many issues in the memorandum especially the organizational matters which need to be addressed on priority,” he said.

This ‘revolt’ in the BJP has come at a time when it is working hard to get maximum share of four seats of Rajya Sabha which are going to polls on February 7.

“We are not against aspirations of our party leaders. Everybody has a right to speak. The way he (Mir) has adopted is anti-party and things are not going to be entertained this way,” said BJP’s State Secretary (Organization), Ashok Koul.

He said Mir should have first consulted the party’s State unit, sought its consent and then written to Delhi. Mir claims support of majority of BJP leaders of Kashmir.