BJP’s Kashmir Pointman Snubs Mehbooba on AFSPA 

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Jammu: A day after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti pitched for AFSPA revocation from some parts of the state, BJP National General Secretary and In-Charge of J&K affairs, Ram Madhav today said that law was not in place out of fun and would go, only if the situation improved.

“AFSPA is not out of fun imposed in some areas. Such laws are in place in some states because there is some necessity for such laws,” Mr Madhav here told the reporters.

He was in town to review the meeting of BJP leaders, ahead of bypolls on two Lok Sabha seats — Srinagar and Anantnag, to be held in April.

“It depends on the State Governments to see whether the necessities are required and end these laws either in J&K or parts of North East,” he added.

Mr Madhav said that when the situation improves, such laws will be revoked.

On whether BJP will be contesting the upcoming LS polls, he said, “We have met the state leadership and had detailed discussion.

“Final decision on polls will be taken only after consultations with party president Amit Shah and the high command,” said the BJP stalwart.

The state leadership has expressed its viewpoint on whether to contest the polls or not, he said.

“We have asked them to sit with PDP leadership because they are in alliance with us and hold deliberations with regard to LS polls and have to satisfy each other.”

On the separatists asking for poll boycott, he said, “there is nothing new about separatists. They have been doing this, whenever polls are round the corner.

“We have to do our job and keep wooing voters to participate in large number in polls and vote in favour of the candidates they want to vote,” he asserted and said that democracy is like a celebration and everybody should participate in the celebrations.

“We certainly want people to come out and vote in large number in the upcoming polls,” Mr Madhav added.

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