Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council on Wednesday witnessed a ruckus over the controversial statement of VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi that “it is time to make India free of Muslims”, even as the state government termed the remarks as wrong. Sadhvi had on Tuesday claimed that the mission of a Congress-free India has already been “accomplished” and it is now time to rid the country of Muslims.As soon as the House met this morning, opposition National Conference (NC) MLC Shehnaz Ganai raised the issue, demanding that the Council condemn Prachi’s statement.
Ganai was supported by her party colleagues and members from Congress. The members from the treasury benches belonging to Jammu region entered into an argument with the opposition legislators, even as Legislative Council chairman Anayat Ali asked the members to calm down and raise the issue during Zero Hour. As the pandemonium continued, Minister for Education Naeem Akhtar stood up and said the country was incomplete without Muslims. “The report has been carried by newspapers. Whosoever said it, it is wrong. Muslims are a part of the country and it is incomplete without them,” Akhtar said. The minister said Muslims have to live in the country as equal stakeholders. There is no need to divide this House.
“Our state has many problems and we want to grapple them, so please allow us. We should not be provoked into a divisive tit for tat match. We all have to live in this country as equal stake-holders,” he said. pti BJP asks J&K govt to change its policy towards separatists State BJP spokesman Virender Gupta Jammu:Asking the Mehbooba Mufti governmentto revise the “soft policy” towards separatists as it was affecting business and tourism in Kashmir, BJP on Wednesday demanded that security given to separatists be withdrawn and they be put behind bars.
The party also demanded that concrete steps be taken to prevent the youths from being lured by terrorist groups. State BJP spokesman Virender Gupta said that despite their anti-India activities, the separatists were enjoying special privileges, including security cover provided by the state government.“The government should revise its policy towards the separatists. The government should withdraw the security given to separatists and put them behind bars under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for indulging in anti-social and anti-national activities,” he said.
Expressing concern over frequent protests, violence and hoisting of Pakistani and ISIS flags in Kashmir Valley, he said, “All these incidents are taking place at the instigation of separatists.”“Recently, a separatist leader, along with his supporters, slapped a policeman who was discharging his duty in Srinagar,” he claimed. Gupta said “soft policy” towards separatists has on one hand encouraged anti-India forces and anti-social elements and on the other, demoralised security forces and the masses. “Soft policy towards separatists is demoralising security forces who are fighting to curb militancy and sacrificing their lives. These separatists are continuously disturbing the peace by holding the Valley to ransom thereby affecting business and tourism industry,” he said. Cautioning that the situation might worsen if steps are not take, Gupta asked the PDP-BJP coalition government to take strong action against separatists. The BJP spokesman asked the government to take concrete steps so that the youth of the Valley are not lured by the separatists and terrorist groups. PTI
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