Srinagar – Senior Congress leader and legal eagle Ashok Bhan has urged AICC President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to give a cabinet birth to a Kashmiri Pandit leader of Congress party in J & K State in the ensuing expansion/reshuffle. This religious minority has been living in exile & has been denied a representation ever since Congress party was leading the government with the PDP.
KPs had always adequate representation in Cabinet & in the Legislature since independence. The continued linkages of this Community with the Party & Nehru-Gandhi family requires to be respected more in view of its exclusion/eviction from the Valley through violent means forcing its members to live a life of refugees in our own Country, he said in a statement.
Bhan said , the political narration in the Valley has changed, gun is rejected, the old tolerant ethos are reviving , peace & development agenda is picking up fast at the societal level & democratic temperament is taking roots in youth. As such the Country can not countenance Valley to be only one community affair alone, therefore the Kashmiri Pandit Community which is the largest hindu religious minority of the Valley cannot be excluded. The congress high command & the State leadership has to be sensitive to give at least one cabinet birth to a party leader belonging to this exiled community.
The State Govt is called upon to create conducive economic & political/security environment for the dignified return of this exiled community which is longing to return to its Homeland. Bhan was interacting with various NGOs , representatives of KP forums of NCR in Delhi today.
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