Condemning the assault on Independent MLA Engineer Rashid by BJP members, senior PDP leader and Srinagar MP Tariq Hameed Karra said on Thursday that the party should reconsider its alliance with the BJP.
“At a time when the minorities in India are looking towards a united leadership to counter the radical Hindutva elements, PDP should not be seen as cozying up to such elements for the sake of power,” said Karra.
“Today’s highly deplorable action by the BJP legislators in the Assembly has brought shame to the House and the PDP-BJP alliance. The outrageous action is almost akin to the lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq of Dadri,” said Karra.
Describing it as an attack on “the whole Kashmiri nation”, he said: “Today’s tragic incident has made it clear that if the communal and radical Hindutva elements are not reined in immediately, it won’t be very long before we see Dadri-like incidents even on the streets of Muslim-majority states like Jammu and Kashmir.”
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“If immediate legal action is not taken against the accused BJP legislators, they will be emboldened to interfere in other religious matters of the state’s Muslim population,” said Karra, adding that an FIR should be filed against the accused.
“The scare, insecurity and panic created among the minorities of India by the detestable policies of the radical BJP-led NDA government can be gauged from the fact that, having lost faith in India’s democratic institutions, some of the Muslim political leaders have been forced to approach the United Nations to ensure the safety of the community, amid the culture of bigotry being perpetuated and promoted by BJP and Sangh Parivar,” said Karra.
Earlier, Karra has asked his party leadership to rethink its alliance with the BJP over the “humiliating flood relief” package.