Martyrs Day: PDP’s ally BJP skips function; Resistance leaders caged


With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) skipping the 86th Kashmir Martyrs Day, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said that the BJP-People’s Democratic Party (PDP) alliance is only there to stay in power and loot the state and have got nothing to do with the people of the Valley.

“It is obvious. They have nothing to do with this. They are only here to stay in power and loot the public of Jammu and Kashmir,” Abdullah told reporters.

Local kids lay floral wreaths on the graves of 1931 Martyrs at Martyrs Graveyard in Srinagar on Thursday. KL Image/Bilal Bhadur

He added that July 13, 1931 was a watershed moment in the history of Kashmir and marked the beginning of a struggle against tyranny, oppression and despotism.

Abdullah paid tributes and observed the Kashmir Martyrs Day or the 86th Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir, which celebrates the sacrifice of 22 valiant people on July 13, 1931.

Coalition partners in Jammu and Kashmir state government, the BJP skipped the event while the pro-freedom leaders were not allowed to carry any rally or programme on the eve of the Martyrs Day.

To avoid any possible clash on this day, the government has put strict restrictions across Srinagar.

Mobile and internet services have also been blocked across the Valley.


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