Reacting to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s claim that Hindus and Sikhs of Kashmir were safe only in Maharaja’s rule and afterward they have been facing threats to their survival, MLA Langate Er Rasheed has accused Yogi Adityanath of trying to polarize situation in J&K to strengthen his vote bank in UP.
The spokesman said that while India claims to be the largest democracy in the world, it is laughable that Yogi is not only praising an autocratic ruler who committed huge atrocities on Muslims but is distorting the facts. Of course, Hindus were not only safe but a dominant community in the entire state only for the reason that Maharaja was from the minority community and had suppressed the voice of 80% Muslims in the entire state.
Jammu province then used to be a Muslim dominated province and in 1947 with the consent of Maharaja around five lakh. Muslims were killed and lakhs were forced to migrate to Pakistan, thus the demography of the Jammu region was changed.
History has already announced its verdict that who has remained communal. Rasheed said that Yogi has just lied and lowered his stature by trying to put a reverse blame on Muslims.
Rasheed added that Kashmiris Pandits migrated of their own will and not only they but thousands of Muslims families from Chenab valley, Pir Panchal region and Kashmir too migrated from their places after 1989. He said “While Kashmiri Pandit families were given not only packages, relief and other huge facilities in entire India, the Muslim migrants are still begging door to door at various places. No one speaks even a word over the fate of hundreds of families who were forced by security. Rasheed in a statement has asked the Yogi to get even such a single Kashmiri Pandith in support of his claim.
Meanwhile, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar hits out at Adityanath over his remarks and said that whosoever lives in Kashmir either they are Muslims, Hindus or Sikhs they are safe in Kashmir. “By such allegations, I don’t think anybody can achieve anything,” Lone told a local news agency.
Reacting to the remarks, senior National Conference (NC) leader and MLA Sonawari Mohammad Akbar Lone said that Hindus living either in Pakistan or India have the right to live and they all are safe.
Lone said that Yogi is not in his “senses” that is the reason behind his statement. He said by issuing such statements Adhitya is trying to create a chaos among the people of Kashmir, who already are going through a very tough phase.