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BJP’s Srinagar convention: Workers evade cameras to avoid ‘social boycott’

‘Threat perception part of politics in Kashmir’

March 15, 2019 | BK CORRESPONDENT /SRINAGAR

Dozens of BJP workers evaded the news photographers at the party’s first convention in Srinagar on Thursday with some of them even fleeing the venue, leaving the party leaders red-faced.
According to witnesses, hundreds of BJP workers had gathered at Sher-e-Kashmir Park in the heart of Srinagar city to participate in the party convention. BJP national vice-president and in-charge for J&K, Avinash Rai Khanna was flanked by the party’s state general secretary Ashok Kaul on the stage.
Soon after a group of photojournalists arrived to cover the proceedings, the workers sitting in rows started evading them initially by covering their faces with pherans and the pamphlets distributed during the convention.
As the photojournalists tried to close in, some of the party workers fled the venue, leaving the party leader embarrassed.
“If someone sees me in a BJP rally, I and my whole family will face problems. It is better to leave this place,” Aijaz, who had come from north Kashmir’s Kupwara to attend the rally said. He gave his first name only.
Altaf Thakur, a BJP spokesperson, however, denied that the incident of this nature took place in the rally. “Yes, people are afraid sometimes but then threat perception is part of politics,” Thakur said. “We are hopeful of a breakthrough in Kashmir this time,” he said.
In the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the state BJP has already sent a list of prospective candidates from the Valley for party high command’s approval,
Meanwhile, Khanna criticised NC president Farooq Abdullah for claiming that air strikes carried out by IAF in Pakistan were ‘politically motivated'.
Speaking at a rally, Khanna said: “People who are saying that the air strikes in Pakistan were done to get political mileage of it should be ashamed. This is the lowest they can sink,” he said. “They talk in one language in Kashmir and differently outside state.”
“BJP left the government it was part of after the party we joined hands with became a mute spectator when a journalist was killed, police officer was lynched," he said. He said that BJP does not believe on politics of hate and communalism.
"We are a peace loving party and believe that only a peaceful state can have a development," he said.
Riding on the Modi wave, the party emerged as the second largest in the 2014 assembly polls by winning 25 seats, most of them from Jammu region. It went on to form a coalition government with the PDP.

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BJP’s Srinagar convention: Workers evade cameras to avoid ‘social boycott’

‘Threat perception part of politics in Kashmir’

March 15, 2019 | BK CORRESPONDENT /SRINAGAR

Dozens of BJP workers evaded the news photographers at the party’s first convention in Srinagar on Thursday with some of them even fleeing the venue, leaving the party leaders red-faced.
According to witnesses, hundreds of BJP workers had gathered at Sher-e-Kashmir Park in the heart of Srinagar city to participate in the party convention. BJP national vice-president and in-charge for J&K, Avinash Rai Khanna was flanked by the party’s state general secretary Ashok Kaul on the stage.
Soon after a group of photojournalists arrived to cover the proceedings, the workers sitting in rows started evading them initially by covering their faces with pherans and the pamphlets distributed during the convention.
As the photojournalists tried to close in, some of the party workers fled the venue, leaving the party leader embarrassed.
“If someone sees me in a BJP rally, I and my whole family will face problems. It is better to leave this place,” Aijaz, who had come from north Kashmir’s Kupwara to attend the rally said. He gave his first name only.
Altaf Thakur, a BJP spokesperson, however, denied that the incident of this nature took place in the rally. “Yes, people are afraid sometimes but then threat perception is part of politics,” Thakur said. “We are hopeful of a breakthrough in Kashmir this time,” he said.
In the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the state BJP has already sent a list of prospective candidates from the Valley for party high command’s approval,
Meanwhile, Khanna criticised NC president Farooq Abdullah for claiming that air strikes carried out by IAF in Pakistan were ‘politically motivated'.
Speaking at a rally, Khanna said: “People who are saying that the air strikes in Pakistan were done to get political mileage of it should be ashamed. This is the lowest they can sink,” he said. “They talk in one language in Kashmir and differently outside state.”
“BJP left the government it was part of after the party we joined hands with became a mute spectator when a journalist was killed, police officer was lynched," he said. He said that BJP does not believe on politics of hate and communalism.
"We are a peace loving party and believe that only a peaceful state can have a development," he said.
Riding on the Modi wave, the party emerged as the second largest in the 2014 assembly polls by winning 25 seats, most of them from Jammu region. It went on to form a coalition government with the PDP.


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