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BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav Wednesday described the separatist Hurriyat Conference’s invite to tourists to visit the Valley as their “biggest hypocrisy”, saying that instead of “tourists” they might have wanted to say “terrorists”.
It may be a spelling mistake as their main agenda has been to invite terrorists, he said while talking to media persons here. If they really wanted tourists then they should have ensured peace in the Valley and they would not have indulged in the drama of calling frequent bandhs, he added.
“Unless terrorism stops, unless violence comes to an end and peace returns, from where the tourists will come?” he asked. “This (inviting tourists) is the spelling mistake and the biggest hypocrisy of Hurriyat,” he said.
The BJP leader also criticised former Union minister and Opposition National Conference leader Dr Farooq Abdullah for pledging support to the Hurriyat Conference.
Madhav had been in Jammu since Tuesday to know the views of the party’s state unit about the working of BJP ministers in the state government, besides accessing situation on ground especially in view of continued incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan as also the recent terrorist attack on an Army unit in Nagrota. He held separate meetings with party leaders, legislators and the ministers.
Sources said that the party leaders expressed dissatisfaction over the working of their own ministers in the coalition government. A number of them complained that party ministers were not taking them seriously.
To have an exact feedback on the functioning of ministers, Madhav also called party legislators separately to find out their views over the implementation of government’s welfare schemes in their respective districts, before talking to the ministers.
Pointing out that he talked in detail to all the ministers, legislators and senior party leaders about present situation in the state as also reports coming in media on all issues, Madhav virtually expressed satisfaction over the functioning of party ministers. “I cannot say anything about PDP, but there will be no change among our party ministers in the coalition government,” he added.
The BJP leader also refuted news circulating in a section of local media about the seizure of huge cash from the vehicle of a BJP minister or the wife of another BJP leader purchasing gold after Prime Minister Narendra announced demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes. “This is all baseless,” he added.