NEW DELHI Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh Friday said BJP was ready for assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir and the final decision on the matter will be taken by the Elections Commission after considering security related issues.
Participating in the debate on a Resolution seeking Lok Sabha’s approval to extend president’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir for another six months, Singh said the BJP is a party with difference and unlike other parties, BJP workers remain active throughout the year.
“Some political parties accuse the BJP that it does not want assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir…We respect the Election Commission and CBI. It was the decision of the EC to not conduct assembly elections now in Jammu and Kashmir due to security related issues,” he said.
The Minister further pointed out that BJP cadres work throughout the year, unlike other parties, in which workers get active only during elections time.
He said that those parties which did not participate in the Panchayat and Municipal eletions in Jammu and Kashmir are talking about automony of the state.
Singh also accused leaders of the National Conference (NC) of political opportunism.
Claiming that militancy was on its way out, Singh said that “we are going through the last phase of militancy in Kashmir. You note this and after few months we will again deliberate on this.
“I am making a serious allegation before I conclude and I have no hesitation to do so. There is a vested interest in Kashmir in the continuation of militancy,” he said.
Stating that BJP has invested heavily in Kashmir, he said that the only silver lining in the state is the youth of Kashmir.
“The youth of Kashmir has moved on…We (BJP) have invested heavily in Kashmir,” he stressed.