In J&K, Amit Shah to BJP ministers: Visit Kashmir Valley, reach out

Amit Shah is expected to discuss details of the projects undertaken by the government for the development of all the three regions of the state.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: April 30, 2017 9:41 am
BJP national President Amit Shah being welcomed as he arrived for the two-day visit to Jammu on Saturday. Union Minister Jitendra Singh is also seen. (Source: PTI Photo)

In his first visit to J&K after his party formed a coalition government with the PDP in 2015, BJP chief Amit Shah Saturday asked his party’s ministers in the state to visit the Kashmir Valley, meet the “common masses” and expand the party’s base. Shah’s call came on a day when J&K Governor N N Vohra reached Delhi to apprise the Centre of the situation in the Valley amid protests following the violence during the Lok Sabha bypoll in Budgam this month. Vohra is expected to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.

In Jammu, BJP’s Nowshera MLA Ravinder Raina said that Shah “directed party ministers not to remain confined to their assembly constituencies, but visit the remote areas of Kashmir, meet the common masses there and address to the problems facing them’’. ”He has assigned duties to party ministers in this regard,’’ said Raina, citing Shah’s address to party leaders and workers at the Convention Centre.

Shah’s trip also comes against the background of growing differences within the ruling coalition over the recent defeat of a PDP candidate for a seat in the state legislative council. However, BJP leaders in Jammu described their party chief’s two-day visit as the beginning of his nationwide tour spanning three months. Party leaders said that during Saturday’s meeting, Shah responded to concerns expressed by some participants over the situation in the Valley by saying that the priority of both central and state governments is to restore peace and normalcy. “We have the capacity to tackle it and we will tackle it,’’ Raina quoted Shah as saying.

According to Raina, Shah stressed that Kashmir is an integral part of India and the people of the Valley are Indian nationals. “We (BJP) are with them as they are our own people. Except for a few spoiling the situation at gunpoint, a majority of the people there want peace and normalcy… they all are Indians and protecting their lives and dignity is the responsibility of our governments at the Centre and in the state. Restoring law and order is our joint responsibility and we will fulfill it,’’ Raina quoted Shah as saying.

Addressing concerns over suggestions of talks with separatists, Shah told the gathering that “for BJP, the nation always comes first’’, said Raina. The party president also said that the party’s base needed to be broadened and people apprised of the central government’s welfare schemes so that they can take advantage of it. BJP state president Sat Sharma said Shah’s visit “will help him get firsthand knowledge of the party’s activities in the state”. “It also assumes significance keeping in view the Amarnath Yatra and the tourist season in the state,” he said.

Minister of State for Tourism Priya Sethi said Shah will also hold meetings with “RSS pracharaks and members of the civil society”. On Sunday, he will inaugurate a library dedicated to Nanaji Deshmukh at the party’s headquarters in Jammu, apart from holding discussions with BJP ministers and “prominent people of the state”. At the Convention Centre, Shah was accompanied by the BJP’s national vice president and in-charge of J&K, Avinash Rai Khanna; its national general secretaries Ram Madhav, Ram Lal and Dr Anil Jain; Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh; and, J&K Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.

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    narayan kutty
    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:49 pm
    Unless cons ution is amended J&K remain boiling. Just look across the world most of the Islamic countries are disintegrated or infighting.
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      indian man
      Apr 30, 2017 at 3:32 pm
      India po tion is around 1.25 billion . If even 2 percent of India po tion enters Kashmir the situation will change. Instead of using force against people, use people against people.. Kashmir is India's head. Nobody can take it from us..
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        indian man
        Apr 30, 2017 at 3:29 pm
        India po tion is around 1.25 billion . If even 2 of India po tion enters Kashmir the situation will change. Instead of using force against people, use people against people.. Kashmir is India's head. Nobody can take it from us..
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          Cybil Peril
          Apr 30, 2017 at 1:37 pm
          J&K is not only an integral part of India but it is a most important historical area which is established by Rishi Kashyap. He also brought d Dal Lake in J&K. Hence India has its right over d entire J&K State as established by Maharaja Hari Singhji.
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            Sudarshan Nityananda
            Apr 30, 2017 at 7:58 am
            The Amit Shah itinerary itself clearly shows the cowardice and untenable position of senior BJP politicians. . Mr Shah has avoided visiting Srinagar which is the capital and actual centre of the troubles in J&K. Instead he has chosen to take a review in "safe" Jammu !! How can he expect BJP men to go to Srinagar and reach out, when he is himself scared stiff to go to Srinagar ?
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              George Cruz
              Apr 29, 2017 at 7:25 pm
              Amit Shah wants to solidify the BJP/PDP alliance and ultimately s the article 370 and rest of the Indian citizens settle in J&K. The Muslims in Kashmir Valley have to accept that the J&K is an integral part of India since 1947, have to realize that they are not superior just because their light skin, show solidarity, patriotism, abide by the common laws of the country, attend regular schools and work hard to get education/jobs, and the NC/PDP leaders should stop supporting/financing the Kashmir separatist Islamic jihadists. India is a strong democratic/secular country in South Asia and would never compromise its borders just because of the Sunni Muslim separatists want to Islamic Caliphate. Jinnah's invitation to Kashmir Sunni Muslims in India to emigrate to Pak if they don't want to live amongst the peaceful Hindus, hate RSS, hate Hindutva,etc.
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                George Cruz
                Apr 29, 2017 at 7:28 pm
                clarification: s the ill conceived the article 370
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                Sarmad Entizar
                Apr 29, 2017 at 6:27 pm
                Live and let live.If a Hindu wants his sentiments to be respected why should he disrespect the sentiments of other communities.If Cow is sacred for one community selling of wine and interest ladden economy is against Muslim sentiments.We love India for its tolelent atmosphere which we hope will prevail after this small phase of extremism
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                  kosaraju vittal krishna
                  Apr 29, 2017 at 6:04 pm
                  Did ant top BJP cenral.leader of the status of Amit Shah or Modi ever react to the killing or the violence against the harijans who refused to lift the carcases in Gujarat as a protest against caste Hindus beating up the harijans for killing cattle and eating beef. BJP is fuelling unrest in a peaceful society with blind force and ideology with the same speed as Islamists are funneling Brute religious fudamentalism. Congress for long has misinterpreted secularism and helped religious fundamentalists entrench themselves every corner of siciety, administration and so in.
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