BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav Wednesday described the All Parties Hurriyat Conference’s invite asking tourists to visit the Valley as “hypocrisy” and added 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 addressing the media in Jammu. If they really wanted tourists to visit Kashmir, then they should have ensured peace in the Valley, instead of frequently issuing bandh calls, he added.
“Unless terrorism stops, unless violence comes to an end and peace returns, from where the tourists will come? he said. “This (inviting tourists) is the spelling mistake and the biggest hypocrisy of Hurriyat.”
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The BJP leader also criticized former union minister and opposition National Conference leader Dr Farooq Abdullah for pledging support to Hurriyat Conference. Pointing out that on one hand former chief minister Omar Abdullah is speaking for Pakistan and on the other hand Farooq Abdullah is making such statements, he said that “nothing can be said whether they were doing this due to political reasons or due to change of their heart”.
Madhav arrived in Jammu on Tuesday to take feedback from the party’s state unit on the working of BJP ministers in the state government, besides accessing situation on the ground, especially in light of the repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan and also the recent terrorist attack on an army unit in Nagrota. He separately met with party leaders, legislators and the ministers.
Sources told The Indian Express that the party leaders expressed dissatisfaction over the working of their own ministers in the coalition government. While a number of them complained that party ministers were not taking them seriously, others said that they were times when they faced embarrassment in public when the ministers failed to recognize them.
To gain an accurate understanding over the functioning of ministers, Madhav also met party legislators separately and sought their views over the implementation of the government’s welfare schemes in their respective districts, before talking to the ministers.
Saying that he spoke to all the ministers, legislators and senior party leaders at great length, 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 said.
The BJP leader also rubbished local news reports on police seizing cash from the vehicle of a BJP minister and the wife of another BJP leader purchasing large quantity of gold after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s November 8 announcement recalling old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes. “It is all baseless,” he said.