Where is BJP?

July 14, 2017 0 Comments EDITORIAL 145 Views
Where is BJP?

Skipping the State function by the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made certain things clear to the people on the ideological and political clashes of the coalition partners. Political observers believe that that the hidden backlash between the two ideologically different parties will have serious repercussions for both PDP-BJP, on the future course of action during election time. While it is learnt that BJP doesn’t consider this state function to commemorate the July 13 martyrs, the PDP had no option but to issue a press release that “CM leads people in paying homage to the July 13 martyrs.” The ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) coalition partners BJP today chose to stay away from the state function at Mazar-e-Shohda (Martyrs Graveyard) in Nowhatta, Srinagar. Neither Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh nor any other leader of BJP attended the function at Mazar-e-Shohda. For third year, ruling BJP skips martyr’s day function, while as opposition National Conference has lashed out at the ruling parties. For the third time, PDP’s alliance partner BJP skipped the official function that pays homage to the 22 Kashmiris at Martyr’s graveyard who were killed by the forces of Dogra Maharaja on this day in 1931. The martyrs’ day function in Kashmir valley is being observed every year by both the government and the separatist, with the government having declared it an official holiday. All governments and chief ministers since decades have been paying homage to the martyrs by taking ministerial and official entourage along to pay tributes and lay floral wraths at their graves at in Khawaja Naqashband Shire in Khawaja Bazar area of the old city. However, from the last three years the BJP has been deliberately skipping the function, with only chief minister and her party leaders visiting the graveyard. The BJP does not consider the Kashmiri civilians killed by Dogra forces as martyrs, but the persons who broke law and the state forces did what was required to do under the law. Instead the PDP’s alliance partner observes the anniversaries of its ideological founders like Syama Prasad Mookerjee and others. In order to attend the official function to pay respects to the martyrs was an obligation that the Ministers ought to have fulfilled and any deviation from such a precedent was inappropriate. The incumbent Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today on visiting the graveyard said that the people in the state should remember the sacrifices of the martyrs who laid down their lives for democratic rule and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir with Kashmiriyat its fundamental principle. Meanwhile Opposition National Conference president and MP Farooq Abdullah lashed out at BJP for skipping the function. “It is obvious, they (BJP) have nothing to do with this. They are only here to stay in power and loot the public of Jammu and Kashmir. July 13, 1931 is a watershed moment in the history of Kashmir and marked the beginning of a struggle against tyranny, oppression and despotism. This incident has again refaced the PDP.

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