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Jaitley detention: BJP calls it undemocratic,slams Omar

The BJP on Saturday slammed the Omar Abdullah-led Jammu and Kashmir government’s denial of permission

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 12, 2013 1:52:55 am

The BJP on Saturday slammed the Omar Abdullah-led Jammu and Kashmir government’s denial of permission to the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha,Arun Jaitley,to visit the riot-hit Kishtwar region and his detention at Jammu airport. It described the move as “undemocratic” and as a reminder of “1953,when Shri SP Mookherjee was arrested in 1953 by Shaikh Abdullah when he went to Kashmir”.

It also demanded the sacking of the state’s minister of state (Home) Sajjad Kichloo and objected to the appointment of a relative of a cabinet minister as the new DC of the district.

“Mr Sajjad Kitchloo was in the area where the trouble happened and was at best a mute spectator and at worst involved in the clashes. We demand that to restore confidence,especially in the minority community in Kashmir,he be removed,pending an impartial inquiry on his role in the riots,” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said Sunday.

Alleging political involvement behind the communal clashes in Kishtwar,the saffron party also voiced its objections to the choice of the new DC. “Mr Bashir Ahmed Khan,who has been appointed as the new DC of the area,is allegedly the nephew of a Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet Minister and leader Mr Taj Mohi Ud-din. Therefore when there are allegations of political involvement in the clashes,another person with possible political links has been appointed as the DC of the troubled area,” Lekhi said.

The BJP spokesperson added that the “media blackout” could also be a ploy by the state government to “deny information,which may show where the state government has erred in containing the situation and where its own ministers may be involved”.

Meanwhile,Narendra Modi,at a public meeting in Hyderabad on Sunday,also voiced his objection to Jaitley’s detention and denial of entry to Kishtwar. “What is the government hiding there? This country wants to know but they have simply shut it off. This is not just about Kishtwar. This is about the nation as a whole. This government cannot protect the country,’’ he said.

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