BJP flayed the opposition parties in Jammu and Kashmir, even taking a strong exception of their joint meeting, where the latter held discussion on the current fragile situation in Kashmir valley. Attacking former CM and JK National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, the BJP’s state leadership accused the opposition parties of “aggravating the prevailing situation”.
Meeting in Srinagar on Wednesday, the state’s opposition parties have decided to approach President Pranab Mukherjee to apprise him of the situation and even demanded a probe by a retired Supreme Court judge into alleged use of excessive force by security personnel.
BJP has now hit out at the opposition parties, accusing them of attempting to destabilise the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state.
“Leaders like Omar Abdullah, Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami and Congress leaders who participated in yesterday’s meeting of opposition parties in Srinagar are trying to fish in troubles waters,” BJP state spokesperson Virender Gupta alleged.
Alleging that none of the leaders had played any effective role in pacifying the situation, Gupta added, “Omar Abdullah’s tweets on a daily basis gave support to the ongoing agitation led by the extremists and terrorist groups at the behest of Pakistan”.
“Did the Prime-Minister not make efforts to have negotiations with Pakistan to resolve the bilateral issues between the two countries? Did Modi not make attempts to address the various issues confronting the people of Jammu and Kashmir?” Gupta questioned lashing out at Omar Abdullah.
The BJP spokesman also questioned how many enquiries were conducted during the outbreak of violence after 1990, 2008 and 2010 when National Conference and Congress were in power.
Beside approaching President Mukherjee, the leaders of National Conference, Congress and CPI(M) and some Independents also pressed for a special session of the Assembly to discuss the situation and decided to send a delegation of opposition parties to Delhi to press for a dialogue with all stakeholders.
“We have decided to seek time from the President to apprise him about the real ground situation in Kashmir,” National Conference working president Omar Abdullah told the press on Wednesday.
Referring to the unrest in the valley, which is reeling under curfew for the last 41 days, he said, “We will try to persuade the (Union) government to take steps that will at least help in improving the situation in the Valley”.
The valley has been seeing a surge in clashes between the local protesters and the security personnel post the encounter killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani early last month. 65 people have been killed and scores left injured in the clashes.
The opposition leaders also passed four resolutions, expressing disappointment over the handling of the unrest in Kashmir by the Centre and state government and pressing for initiation of dialogue.
(With inputs from the Agencies)