BJP membership drive in Valley

Party says it inducted 3 lakh members

Srinagar:  Bharatiya Janata Party which claims to have inducted three lakh members in Kashmir valley, Thursday said that they have also inducted 3000 members in the Tangdhar villages near the Line of Control.

According to the BJP leadership, the membership drive is receiving huge response from the areas of the Tangdhar, Karnah near LOC.

“It is a rare feat that we have been able to achieve over three lakh mark in terms of membership in Kashmir Valley. We got the report from our cadres that our membership near the Tangdar LOC has crossed 3000. 

This figure will encourage us to achieve more,” BJP’s member monitoring committee and media in charge Kashmir, Altaf Thakur said.

Thakur said that PM Narendra Modi’s slogan of good governance, development, special attention towards Kashmir society and financial help to flood affected people has attracted the new members into the party fold. 

“The most important is the youth of Kashmir and from last one month we added thousands among them into our party,” he said adding that the party is aiming to add more members in its fold in coming months across the Kashmir valley.

“The membership drive was officially kick started here in Kashmir in which all the party’s senior workers, district heads and candidates fielded in recently held elections in different constituencies across Kashmir valley were present,” he said, adding that  the aim is to reach every household in  Kashmir.

He said that the initiative was taken across the country to make the BJP one of the largest cadre based party in the world,” he said.

Elaborating on the mechanics of the membership drive, he said that BJP has established a Toll Free No. 18002662020, which on dialing automatically seek information from the caller and register him as a member of the party without incurring any expenditure. (KNS)

Shiv Sena dares Centre to acquire land in JK

Mumbai: Taking a jibe at central government over the contentious Land Bill, NDA constituent Shiv Sena on Thursday dared it start land acquisition from Jammu and Kashmir.

The party said the central government had made the bill a prestige issue and while it can take away land from farmers elsewhere in the country ignoring their pleas, it cannot show the "same courage" in Jammu and Kashmir due to Article 370.

"The central government has made it clear in Parliament that its pet Bill, the Land Acquisition Bill will be applicable all over the country except Jammu and Kashmir.

"While the government gave this information, its chest might have swelled with pride but for the people of this country it has sunk after hearing this," the Sena said in its editorial mouthpiece 'Saamana.' The Sena said that Jammu and Kashmir needs development the most and claimed that Article 370 of the Constitution prevents any development from taking place in the region.

"The government's fight to get the Land Acquisition Bill cleared is a prestige issue now. But development of roads, hospitals, industries, is needed the most in Jammu Kashmir.

But, according to Article 370 of the Constitution, nobody from outside the state can even buy an inch of land there," the Sena said. While abrogation of Article 370 has been one of the core issues for BJP, it has been sidelined by the party in recent months as it joined hands with PDP to form government in Jammu and Kashmir, The Sena said that Jammu and Kashmir is treated like a country of its own.

"This shows that the government cannot show the same courage in Jammu and Kashmir as it is showing to usurp land for the Jaitapur nuclear power project in Maharashtra and that it can only take away lands of farmers turning a deaf ear to their pleas," it said.

"If you want to start Land Acquisition, start it from Jammu and Kashmir. But the government pleads helplessness then. It shows that even if the state is on the map of India, the country's laws are not applicable there," the Sena said. PTI

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