Rana slams BJP, PDP: ‘Stop playing dirty politics’
National Conference's Provincial President (Jammu), Devender Singh Rana, on Thursday cautioned Bharatiya Janata Party that the current spate of deaths in Jammu and Kashmir are "hurting the psyche of people, thus further alienating and distancing them from the mainstream."
"The so-called protagonists of 'nationalism' must understand that such a strategy certainly does not serve the national interest," he said, interacting with deputations from Pir Panchal and Chenab Valley districts here. He said BJP is "doing immense disservice to the nation."
He said when Kashmir was on boil for the past 40 days, "attempts were being made by vested interests to vitiate peaceful atmosphere in Poonch, Rajouri, Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar districts."
"This is a dangerous development," he said. "After failing to govern this sensitive state due to their naivety and administrative inexperience, the present dispensation is attempting to hide their failures with an avowed objective of diverting attention."
He warned that "such machinations would be met forcefully by the peace-loving and secular people of this region who have still not forgotten mischievous role of BJP."
He said people also know how BJP-PDP combine "worked systematically and in a covert strategy in 2008 and inflicted a blot to the state, known for its pluralistic ethos."
"Stung by 2008 agitation, the people will not oblige BJP in its sinister design this time," he said. "The perpetrators of hatred must stop murky politics and dirty tricks."
He said the BJP has done "much harm to the interests of state by pushing it backwards with willing support of the PDP."
At the same time, he made a passionate appeal to the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh to "read between the lines."
He said people of Jammu are "equally pained by Kashmir sufferings which has impacted the normality in this region too."
"Deaths of children stir the conscience of any human being," he said and asked the PDP-BJP combine to "put an immediate end to lethal weapons that have left the Valley in traumatic situation."
Rana said that political sagacity lies in "allowing space to dissent and variant political views."
"Instead of crushing dissent by barrel of gun, the battle of ideas should have been given a chance," he said, taking a jibe at what he called "much-abused slogan of 'Goli Se Nahi Boli Se."