JAMMU — The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) core group on Jammu and Kashmir met in Jammu on Monday and discussed the present security scenario, current political situation and management of COVID-19 pandemic, amid high speculation that the Government of India was mulling another big move regarding J&K that includes further bifurcation of the union territory.
Sources in the BJP said that the party leaders discussed security situation and targeted killings of BJP leaders in the valley.
The threadbare discussion was held on killing of party leader Rakesh Pandita who was recently killed in Pulwama’s Tral area.
“Party leaders also discussed preparedness for political activity in case the Delimitation Commission announces demarcation of new State Assembly constituencies in J&K,” the sources said.
Sources privy to the meeting said that some senior BJP leaders were unsure about the Central government’s stance, rumours and social media debate over another possible move on J&K in the wake of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s meeting in New Delhi in which J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, J&K DGP Dilbagh Singh and other officials participated.
Meanwhile, BJP State President Ravinder Raina told media men that the party’s core group discussed the current political and security situation.
“Party meeting discussed in detail the prevailing security, political and pandemic situation besides the recent killing of party leader Rakesh Pandita and the security concerns of sarpanchs, panchs, Block Development Council and District Development Council members,” Raina said.
“The strategy should be chalked out keeping in mind the prevailing difficult phase of coronavirus. We have talked to the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on the issue in the past and will meet him again on the matter.”
“All the discussed issues will be brought to the notice of the Lieutenant Governor in coming days. Our effort is to end militancy and separatism. The repeated killing of innocents can’t be tolerated,” he said.
Raina said he had raised the issue of killing of BJP leaders with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the past and will continue to raise the issue with him as well as the Lieutenant Governor so that culprits are booked.
Asked about additional forces being deployed in Kashmir, the BJP leader said deployment of forces is a “national security matter and the discussion over it should be avoided”.
However, he said there is ‘operation all-out’ going on against militants, and deployment is made where they have hideouts to flush them out.
On BJP’s stand over Assembly elections, Raina said the party is fully prepared for the polls whenever the Election Commission takes a decision.
“The Delimitation Commission has been constituted for J&K, and due to the coronavirus outbreak, it was not able to visit here. The Commission is expected to visit J&K soon to define the territories of the assembly and parliamentary seats. After that, the Election Commission will take a decision about the Assembly elections and as a political party, we will welcome the decision,” he said.
About the ongoing protests against opening of wine shops in residential localities in different parts of Jammu after the implementation of new excise policy, he said these shops will be closed. (KNO)