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Madhav in valley: ‘Have asked people to plan next holiday in Kashmir’

It was Ram Madhav's first visit to Kashmir after abrogation of special status in Jammu & Kashmir. “People from two parties are inside the jail and Kashmir is silent… they used violence for political survival,” he said, addressing BJP workers

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Oct 21, 2019, 11.57 AM IST
SRINAGAR: In his first visit to Kashmir, after abrogation of special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav said he had urged all citizens of the country to plan their next honeymoon, holiday or yatra in the Valley.

“I have addressed over 60 meetings across the country in the past two months and I told people that they should plan their next holiday, honeymoon and yatra in Kashmir,” said Madhav.

The BJP's point man for Kashmir said that any roadblock in ‘Naya' Kashmir’s peace and development will be dealt harshly and that there are enough jails across India for people who create trouble.

The region, Madhav said has undergone a positive transformation by the revocation of special status and to ensure there in no violence, keeping 200 to 300 people in jail seems to be worth it. “People from two parties are inside the jail and Kashmir is silent…they used violence for political survival…” said Madhav

The BJP leader addressed around 300 BJP workers at Tagore Hall in Srinagar, which he claimed belies the propaganda that no political activity can take place in Valley, at a time when there is shutdown, partial restrictions on communication and internet is snapped for over 75 days now. “I have addressed over 60 meetings across the country in past two months and I told people that they should plan their next holiday, next honeymoon and next yatra in Kashmir,” said Madhav.

The administration has detained or arrested all the prominent Hurriyat leaders and pro-India politicians including three former chief ministers, Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.

“This is the time to celebrate,” said Madhav. He claimed that the politics for restoration of statehood and security of jobs for state subjects is legitimate and this is what these regional parties and politicians should focus on. “Till now everything was done for few families. Now everything will be done for people of the state. Tirade against corruption will continue,” said Madhav.

He said that there was no sentiment in Valley against the abrogation of special status and no protests for past two months were evident of the fact that people don’t support those currently lodged in jails.

“You don’t have to wait for 70 years to see the change. Just wait for five years and you will realize this was good for us,” said Madhav, who assured that no outsider will poach on the jobs in the state and tradition and culture of the state won’t be altered with in any form.

“This is the time to open shops. There is no need to fear anybody. Everybody is scared of Modiji and Modiji is with you. Every person of Kashmir is ours and whole India is ready to embrace you people,” said Madhav.

The BJP leader said that revocation of special status was original request of former Prime Minister of J&K Bakhshi Ghulam Muhammad and former Prime Minister of India Jawahar Lal Nehru was of the same opinion.

“Kashmiris were handcuffed for past 70 years because of article 370 and now you are free… Kashmiris outside the state are ours and we guarantee their safety and security,” said Madhav. The BJP leader said that some politicians detained at SKICC are sending messages urging people to pick up guns and be ready for sacrifice. “There is nothing to sacrifice. Let them lead this sacrifice from the front and be ready to pick up arms…People shouldn’t fear or listen to paper tigers. They shiver on one phone call,” said Madhav in an oblique reference to political leaders from regional political parties detained since August 5.

Grass root development through powerful panchayats Madhav said was an important step to ensure money reaches to the last person on ground and youth should come forward in every party to tread this new path.

Madhav lashed out at Pakistan for raking up the Kashmir issue. “Imran Khan occasionally shouts about Kashmir and we enjoy it. He can’t even handle his own country,” said Madhav adding, “The country just managed to getaway from FAFT sanctions and they have been given February deadline now.”

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