In controversial remark, Ashok Kaul calls mainstream leaders other than BJP as 'frogs'

Ashok Kaul During a Media Interaction in Srinagar/GK

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) J&K General Secretary Ashok Koul Saturday stirred a row by calling mainstream leaders other that those associated with the BJP as frogs, stating that “let election time come, all the political leaders will come out to join the fray.”

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the elections will be held in J&K and there will be ministers and chief minister. We too want polls to take place in J&K. Delimitation exercise is already on and when that will end, Assembly polls will be held,” Koul said while talking to reporters after unfurling tri-colour at BJP headquarters in Srinagar on 74th I-Day.

When asked that some mainstream leaders have stated that they won’t contest polls, Koul said they had claimed the same earlier too when panchayat polls were held. “They didn’t contest panchayat polls, but joined the poll fray in Parliamentary election. I bet when poll bugle for the Assembly will be blown, all these mainstream leaders will come out of their homes like frogs and join the poll pray,” Koul said, reported news agency KNO.

Koul, while felicitating the people of J&K on 74th Independence Day, said there are no “ifs and buts as far as Assembly polls are concerned.” Asked about the restoration of statehood, he said that GoI is committed to restore the state status to the J&K. “But for that all guns should fall silent. Yesterday, two policemen were killed. What was their fault? One of the slain policemen was supposed to get engaged today,” Koul said.

About the security concerns of BJP workers, he said government and the police have already taken some steps and more will be done in the days ahead. On why the internet was snapped on I-Day even when J&K is now a UT, he said that 2-G is working fine and when last gun of militants will fall silent and separatist activities would stop permanently, “statehood and 4-G should be restored on the very day.”