Claiming that autonomy document of National Conference (NC) could only be implemented on their dead bodies, Bharti Janta Party (BJP) today demanded repeal of Article 370. The party and reiterated its intention to furl tricolor on civil secretariat replacing the state and NC flag.
While warning of bloodshed in the State and asking the NC to ‘shut its mouth’ on autonomy demand, senior BJP leader Ashok Khajuria said, “It (NC) has to walk over dead bodies of BJP MLA’s for the restoration of autonomy”.
Reiterating the commitment to furl the tricolor in civil secretariat replacing state and NC flag, he said, “We demand the repeal of Article 370 and it’ll be done in near future”.
Criticizing the state government for deporting VHP leader Praveen Togadia from Jammu airport, he said, “We’re in democracy and everyone has a right to express his views and to move freely anywhere in the country. It is a blunder on part of the state government”. When told that a case also stands registered against Togadia for creating communal disharmony through hate speeches, “Law is there to take action and to book the accused”, he said.
When asked whether Syed Ali Shah Geelani also had the right to express his views and move freely in a democracy, he said “Geelani is speaking about Jihad and division of country”.
BJP said Abdullah family should sit in a room to decide as to what they actually want. He said ‘Uncle, father and son were making conflicting statements within the family and acting as astray children’.
“NC is a party of divided family (members) where uncle (Dr Mustafa Kamaal), father (Dr Farooq Abdullah) and son (Omar Abdullah) are speaking different languages. It doesn’t have any particular vision. All of them should sit in a family room to decide what they actually want”, said senior leader BJP Ashok Khojuria.
Meanwhile, leader of rebel MLA’s of BJP Chaman Lal Gupta said that NC is living in fool’s paradise. “It might have got autonomy had it been serious about it. NC is creating the drama for its vote bank”, said Gupta. “NC has closed the chapter of autonomy much earlier and accepted that it (Autonomy) will never happen”, he added.