BJP accuses J&K govt of ‘cheating the nation’ for its stand on minorities

BJP state spokesperson Prof. Virender Gupta said that "The Kashmiri leadership, that considers itself as the most secular lot in the country cannot afford to ignore the plight of minorities in the state who are criminally victimized and discriminated."

By: Express News Service | Jammu | Updated: December 13, 2017 5:24 am
Mehbooba Mufti hands appointment orders to pellet victims BJP is a major ally in the coalition government of the state. Express photo by Renuka Puri.

The BJP on Tuesday slammed the Jammu and Kashmir government over its stand on minorities in the state, saying that it “amounts to cheating the nation and looting money from the central exchequer meant for religious and linguistic minorities in the state”.

The BJP and PDP are in a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir.

Reacting to an affidavit filed by the state government in the Supreme Court ruling out a minority commission in Jammu and Kashmir, state BJP spokesperson Prof Virender Gupta said, “The Kashmiri leadership that considers itself a most secular lot cannot afford to ignore the plight of minorities in the state, who are criminally victimised and discriminated against.” The state, with about 68 per cent Muslim population, cannot provide benefits meant for minorities to the majority community, he added.

The state government’s affidavit had come in response to a public interest litigation filed by a local lawyer, Ankur Sharma, seeking directions to the state government to legislate a state minority commission for time-bound identification of religious and linguistic minorities.

The state’s plea that these benefits should accrue to minorities at the national level and hence to Muslims of the state shows “its communal bias and communal politics that it is pursuing during the last 70 years’’, the BJP spokesperson said. He also asked the Centre to notify state-level minorities and issue clear-cut instructions for providing benefits of central welfare schemes to actual minorities in Jammu and Kashmir.

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  1. Madan Gupta
    Dec 13, 2017 at 9:05 am
    Bjp itself does not want minority status for Hindus. In punjab it was BJP that opposed.
    1. Sudheer Thaakur
      Dec 12, 2017 at 10:29 pm
      why does bjp continue to be in govt with pdp? shameful
      1. S
        Dec 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm
        what J and K BJP head has told 100 true. Now same thing would happen in any other states on Muslims minority then hue and cry would start from political party, NGO and Intellectual and all but here Hindus has been suffering --so full Indian are silent ---- for that we get Independence to destroy Hindus in Hindu majority country??--shame on us.
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          1. Muftkhor By Choice
            Dec 12, 2017 at 8:59 pm
            1.Non-Muslims are minorities in Jammu and Kashmir. Yet all minority funds are gobbled by Muslims who are actually majority in J K 2.All states have minority right commissions defending minority rights. But JK Muslims refuse minority rights in Jammu and Kashmir
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