Bijbehara: Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) National Spokesman and former Union minister, Shahnawaz Hussain, on Thursday reached to militants in Bijbehara area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district suggesting them to “leave guns and hold pens in their hands”.
Shahnawaz also took a jibe at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief, Mehbooba Mufti, stating that the rally he was participating in on Thursday was an eye-opener for those who used to claim that no one would hold Indian Tricolour in their hands, as not just him but “all the participants in the rally were holding national flag in their hands”.
Talking to reporters after addressing the rally in Dara Shiko Park in Bijbehara, Shahnawaz asserted that he and all those present there were holding the Tricolour.
“This is the home town of PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti who used to say no one would hold the Tricolour in their hands after Article 370 abrogation,” he said.
Interestingly, the BJP rally was held barely a few meters away from the grave of PDP patron Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.
Shahnawaz said that whosoever gets killed, whether it is policeman, CRPF man, army man or a militant, gives pain. “I ask misguided youth to leave the gun and hold a pen in their hands,” the former BJP minister said in an oblivious reference to the militants.
On the grenade attack on Bijbehara, he said that attacks would not stop them from meeting people of Jammu and Kashmir and “taking the democracy to the grassroots level”.
“We are Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Army and I am here as Modi Ji’s solider. These grenades and bullets won’t deter us from carrying out our political activities,” he said.
Earlier, addressing the rally, the BJP spokesman said that J&K is very rich in every sector but there is a need to work on these sectors so that the Union Territory will witness development on the ground. “Those who have ruled here for 70 years have done nothing for the development of J&K. They have worked only on self-development and have formed Gupkar gang, only to save their wealth.”
Asked about ongoing farmers protests in Delhi against the new farm laws, he said that they are “our own people” and it is good if they will talk to Government of India about their issues to be redressed.” (KNO)