Statehood already promised by Centre, why fight for credit: Altaf Thakur

Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Altaf Thakur Wednesday criticised “some politicians” who were playing politics over issues like restoration of statehood to J&K.

“They claim to be the pioneers of struggle for restoration of statehood to J&K but people know that these political chameleons have done it in the past too for political gains only,” said Thakur.

He said Union Home Minister Amit Shah has promised on the floor of the Parliament that statehood will be restored to J&K at an appropriate time. “Then where comes the question for launching a struggle and demanding something which is already on cards,” Thakur said.

He said some people were making mockery of themselves by claiming to be the champions of struggle for restoration of statehood.

“They think people of J&K can once again be befooled on mere petty slogans as they had been doing in the past. But people of J&K have turned mature by all means and understand all the political gimmicks being played by political turncoats who want to secure power by luring people of J&K through false slogans,” said Thakur.

“Let us make it clear that statehood is not to be sought as the Union government is committed to announce it at the right time,” he said, and suggested the politicians claiming to be frontline warriors for restoration of statehood should stop playing politics.

He said ever since A370 was rolled back, “shops” of all the politicians have remained shut and they were now trying again to bully people with hollow slogans.

“BJP government at the Centre is committed to ensure people of J&K get all the benefits which a citizen of any other state or UT of India is getting. Kashmir has been peaceful ever since Article 370 was scrapped and there is no political intervention in jobs, and other developmental projects,” Thakur said.

He said though COVID19 pandemic has played a spoilsport, the J&K government under the leadership of Lt Governor GC Murmu and guidance of Union government was committed to ensure development of J&K on modern lines and make Srinagar and Jammu as model cities.