Srinagar: The attacks on BJP panchs and sarpanchs have created a fear psychosis among people in rural areas affiliated with Bhartiya Janata Party. Shortly after suspected militants gunned down a BJP sarpanch Sajad Khanday in South Kashmir today, several workers affiliated with the party have resigned. All these workers hail from Kulgam and Anantnag districts.
A couple of days ago, militants fired upon a BJP Sarpanch Arif Ahmed at Akhran Mir Bazar area of Kulgam, leaving him critically injured. Arif was BJP Sarpanch.
Today, motor-cycle borne militants gunned down a BJP Sarpanch Sajad Khanday at Vesu Qazigund area of Kulgam.
Such attacks have created a fear psychosis among BJP activists, prompting many of them to resign. “The killing of BJP workers has triggered panic among sarpanchs and panchs in Valley. Seven people including a BJP panch have resigned so far. We fear more might follow the suit,” said a BJP leader.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a panch who resigned today told Kashmir News Trust: “Workers affiliated with BJP are feeling insecure. Most of the BJP workers were not part of yesterday’s scattered celebrations over the abrogation of Article 370. They preferred to stay away from these celebrations.”
Those who announced their resignation from BJP from Qazigund include Vice President Devsar Constituency Subzar Paddar, President Warpora-Kund Constituency Nisar Ghani Wani and Ashiq Abdullah Palla of Warpora Kund.
Yesterday, three workers from BJP had resigned from the party seeking forgiveness from people. They include Shabir Rasool Khan, Reyaz Aziz Rather and Khaliq Subhan Sheikh, all residents of Narupora Watnard Tehsil Kokernag.
Meanwhile, a BJP Sarpanch Muhammad Iqbal from Chandan Pajan area of Devsar Kulgam uploaded a video on social media announcing his resignation. “We don’t want to die and we haven’t earned anything. I have nothing to do with BJP and I resign,” he says in the video.
BJP General Secretary for Dooru Constituency here in Anantnag district, Rafiq Bhat, has also resigned from BJP. “I have nothing to do with BJP and I resign from the party. I request people to forgive me if my actions have hurt them,” Bhat told. KNT
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