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Deeper prejudice patronised by PDP-BJP alliance: National Conference on Minister’s remarks

Opposition leader Farooq Abdullah on Friday said that BJP minister Chander Prakash Ganga’s remarks on stone pelters are not isolated utterances, but point towards a “deeper prejudice patronised and institutionalised by the PDP-BJP alliance.


  |  Updated On : April 21, 2017 07:43 PM
Farooq Abdullah (Image: PTI)

Farooq Abdullah (Image: PTI)

Srinagar :  

Opposition leader Farooq Abdullah on Friday said that BJP minister Chander Prakash Ganga’s remarks on stone pelters are not isolated utterances, but point towards a “deeper prejudice patronised and institutionalised by the PDP-BJP alliance.

Abdullah, who won the recent Lok Sabha bypoll from Srinagar seat, termed PDP’s condemnation of Ganga’s comments as a “painful joke”, adding that the Mehbooba Mufti-led party’s “continued, unconditional and apologetic alliance with the BJP validated such remarks at the cost of our people’s sense of dignity and respect.”

“This is yet another fixed match between the PDP and the BJP,” he alleged.

“Had PDP been really outraged by the minister’s comment, it would have broken their alliance with the BJP as a mark of protest,” he said.

Ganga had reportedly called stone pelters as traitors.

“There is only one remedy for them and that is bullets.

And if not bullets, they should be given punishments like the youths who are beaten with sticks by forces. Take my word that next time they (the youth) won’t throw stones,” he was quoted as saying by the local media.

Abdullah said the “anti-youth posturing and policies” of the Mehbooba Mufti government had brought the state to the “precipice of turmoil and unrest.”

“I strongly condemn the injustice and violence perpetuated against our students at various campuses and express my solidarity with them. I pray for the speedy recovery of injured students, especially young girls, who have been murderously assaulted,” the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said.

Abdullah also expressed concern over reports of Kashmiri students being mistreated and threatened by various right-wing organisations in different parts of the country, particularly in Rajasthan where Kashmiri students were assaulted at the Mewar University, and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh where hoardings have been put up by right-wing affiliate organisations asking Kashmiris to leave the city.

The NC president also said the PDP-BJP government had become “untenable and unsustainable” after Chief Minister’s brother and PDP candidate for the Anantnag Parliamentary bypoll, Tasaduq Mufti “sought a last-minute abortion of an election that was, by all means, underway.”

Abdullah said the Centre should rise above ideological politics as statesmanship was the need of the hour.

“You cannot stereotype Kashmiris and define them within the narrow contours of a regressive nationalism versus anti-national narrative. The political problem in Kashmir is far too complex for such broad stroke definitions and merits an open-ended and well-intentioned political engagement with all stakeholders, including the leadership of the Hurriyat Conference,” he said.

BJP minister Chander Prakash Ganga regrets his statement

Jammu and Kashmir Industries Minister Chander Prakash Ganga, who stoked a controversy by calling for use of bullets on protesters in the valley, on Friday expressed regret over his comments.

“If anyone is hurt by my statement, I express regret over it,” he said in a video statement.

The minister’s statement came after a meeting between BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav and PDP leaders in Jammu on a range of issues, including Ganga’s controversial statement, which had led to public bickering between the alliance partners PDP and BJP.

Ganga had reportedly called stone pelters as traitors.

“There is only one remedy for them and that is bullets.

And if not bullets, they should be given punishments like the youths who are beaten with sticks by forces. Take my word that next time they (the youth) won’t throw stones,” he was quoted as saying by the local media.

The BJP leader said his statement was twisted out of context by certain sections of media.

“My entire focus was targeted at the National Conference which had made a statement on the issue (of stone pelting),” he added.

First Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 07:25 PM


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