City BJP Leader Quits Party, Joins Congress

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SRINAGAR: State unit of the Bharataya Janata Party (BJP) recieved a setback Tuesday after its senior leader Hakeem Masood-ul-Hassan resigned from the party accusing the rightwing leadership of betraying the trust of Kashmiri people.

Masood-ul-Hassan, who was District Convener of BJP’s Urban Local Body Election Cell, announced his decision at Congress party headquarters here in presence of party’s state president Ghulam Ahmad Mir.

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Masood-ul-Hassan, contested 2014 Assembly Election from Hazratbal constituency of Srinagar on BJP ticket securing 3400 votes, the highest number for any BJP candidate in the Valley, later formally joined Congress party.

Masood accused BJP of deviating from its stated position of dialogue with all stakeholders in order to resolve the festering dispute and providing relief to the suffering people of the state as propounded by late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“That was my motivation to join the party in the first place as I thought here is the party which gave a ray of hope to Kashmiris and was having the capacity to take bull by the horns”, he said.

Answering a question that why he took so long to leave the party, Masood said: “By not raising the issues like Article 370 and Ram Mandir while in power lend credence to my belief that sooner or later BJP will deliver and this belief was reinforced after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to Pakistan in 2015.”

Masood said by bringing out Article 35A from the cold and hardening position on Kashmir which has only led to bloodshed has forced many to change their thinking adding “I and many others, who will follow me, were left with no choice but to quit the party which thrives on deception.”

Masood also said that recent police assault on mourners during Muharram only exposed the party’s communal nature further.


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