Ground Report | New Delhi: BJP uses Kashmiri Pandits; Farooq Abdullah, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and President of the National Conference, said the BJP used Kashmiri Pandits as “vote banks” but did nothing for them.
Farooq Abdullah’s statement came after the minority cell of the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC), of which he heads, moved and passed three resolutions regarding Kashmiri Pandits. The minority cell of the political party demanded political reservation for Kashmiri Pandits through resolutions, passage of the Kashmiri Hindu Temple Protection Bill and a comprehensive package for the return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits.
Farooq Abdullah further said that if hatred between Hindus and Muslims increases in the state, then enemies will benefit from it. He cautioned that politics and religion should be separated from each other. Only in this way the country can be taken in the right direction.
Farooq Abdullah said on Saturday, “The people of Kashmir were used only as a vote-bank. Many promises were made but none was fulfilled. Problems were created between Kashmiri Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits. The hatred between Hindus and Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir will benefit our enemies.”
Along with this, he said that “if the leaders of this country do not separate politics and religion from each other, then this country will not be able to run.” He attacked the BJP leading the central government and said, “Why don’t they pass the Women’s, Rights Bill? They have 300 members in Parliament. But they don’t want women to get the same status as men.”
“It is sad. The government says everything is hunky-dory. When police personnel is not safe, how is a common man?” ANI quoted the NC chief as saying.
Two policemen were killed in firing by terrorists in the Gulshan Chowk area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Friday. The injured policemen were taken to a nearby hospital where both succumbed to their injuries. (BJP uses Kashmiri Pandits)
According to reports, soon after the terror attack, police, CRPF, and Army personnel reached the area and launched a cordon and search operation to nab the attackers responsible for the attack.
Meanwhile, Kashmir Police’s IG Vijay Kumar and Army’s Kilo Force General Officer Commanding Sanjeev Singh Salaria today chaired a joint meeting of security officials in Bandipora, a day after policemen were shot dead in the district.
Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh and IG Vijay Kumar also visited the residence of constable Muhammad Sultan Dar, who was killed by terrorists yesterday in the Sopore area of Baramulla. “Police have got some preliminary leads and are working on it,” the DGP said.