BJP MLA wants UN office ‘removed’ from Srinagar

The Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Nowshara (Rajouri) Ravinder Raina on Saturday said the J&K government should recommend Bharat Ratna for Maqbool Sherwani.
BJP MLA wants UN office ‘removed’ from Srinagar
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The Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Nowshara (Rajouri) Ravinder Raina on Saturday said the J&K government should recommend Bharat Ratna for Maqbool Sherwani.

Speaking during the motion on grants for Home and General Administration Departments in the Lower House, Raina said: "This House pays tributes to all those who have passed away since 1947. I think the state government should send a recommendation for Bharat Ratna award for Maqbool Sherwani."

Sherwani is understood to have delayed the march of Kabalis and Pakhtoon tribesmen from Pakistan and rebel forces (of then Kashmir State) in Baramulla, in October 1947.

While referring to the remarks of former Chief Minister and National Conference's Working President Omar Abdullah, Raina said: "We (members) should also pay tributes to the soldiers who lost their lives while fighting terrorism in the state."

However as Raina invoked Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he was retorted by NC leader Ali Muhammad Sagar, saying "the BJP cannot own legacy of Vajpayee as there is no leader like Vajpayee in the party now."

"People throughout the world are scared of your party leadership now," Sagar told Raina.

Sagar said Vajpayee was praised by separatist leadership as well.

"Now time has come when the BJP leadership doesn't wish Muslim brethren on the Eid festival," he said.

Referring to culture of brotherhood in J&K, Sagar said: "Maqbool Sherwani was nailed by Kabalis and was told to provide information about Pandits but he didn't succumb. That was the state of brotherhood here."

Meanwhile, Raina in his speech advocated for removal of UN office from Srinagar, saying the organisation had no role in the state. "UN office has no role in Kashmir," he said.

Raina also asked the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who was also present in the Lower House, to order complete ban on liquor in J&K.

"Mehbooba Jie you should order a complete ban on sale and supply of liquor in J&K state, like Bihar did," he said.

The opposition instantly asked the PDP and Chief Minister to clear the stand on the issue. "Issue the order right now. We will give our support on this," the opposition members told Mehbooba.

However, the Chief Minister remained silent following which the opposition created noisy scenes and asked the government to clear its stand on liquor ban in the state.

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