Madhav Passes The Buck, Says J&K Admin To Decide On Internet

BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav along with Advisor Farooq Khan to lieutenant governor Girish Chandra Murmu during the Indian I-League soccer match between Real Kashmir and Chennai City FC at TRC Ground in Srinagar,Thursday, December 26, 2019 I Photo: Abid Bhat / KO

SRINAGAR - Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Ram Madhav on Thursday said that the call on restoration of internet services was the prerogative of the Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory administration.

"The broadband internet services are being restored in phased manner. The facilities have been gradually restored to the hotels," Madhav told reporters at a news conference here this afternoon.

He said the local administration will restore the broadband services in more sectors after a security review.

Madhav arrived in Srinagar to watch the first match I-League between Real Kashmir team versus Chennai city team at the TRC ground in this capital city.

He said that prevailing situation in terms of internet gag etc are all temporary in nature. “Such measures will go as and when peace would be more permanent feature in Kashmir,” Madhav said.

On the reports that the Centre was mulling to implement Article 371 to Jammu and Kashmir, he feigned ignorance.

“I have no information about this,” Madhav said.

Asked about the promise of 24-hour electricity by the former Governor of J&K Satya Pal Malik in winter months in Jammu and Srinagar cities, the top BJP leader said that he could feel that winters in Kashmir are set to be very harsh.

“I have discussed the issue with the administration and I have been told that power cuts would be reduced. I urged the J&K administration to take steps to ensure minimum power cuts,” he said, adding “I advocate more power for the people of Kashmir, I mean electricity.”

Madhav said as a party BJP will definitely fight for the people’s rights. However, he didn’t further specify what kind of rights he meant.

Madhav said the aim to address a press conference in Srinagar was to clear the misunderstanding created over the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

“The opposition is making false propaganda regarding the CAA. The Act was implemented only after the consent from the Parliament and the approval of President of India,” the BJP leader said.

“This Act is not against Muslims. Lot of refugees from the neighbouring countries have entered into India and to give them citizenship rights, this Act was passed,” he said.

Citing example of famous Pakistani singer Adnan Sami, Madhav said, “He (Sami) was given citizenship of India under proper procedure. So saying that CAA is anti-Muslim is wrong. People who had right to get Indian citizenship were deprived of the same so-far and this Act was brought for them.”

He alleged that the opposition and “communal forces” were trying to create unrest in the country by terming the Act as anti-Muslim.

“NRC and NPR are two different things. Under NPR after every 10 years, census is conducted in the country while under NRC the database regarding the residence and area of people is created,” he said.

Release Of J&K Politicians At ‘Appropriate Time’

BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav said on Thursday that the Jammu and Kashmir government will take appropriate decision from time to time to release political leaders detained after the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

"It is an ongoing process and several people have been released from house arrests and preventive detention," Madhav said at a press conference in Srinagar. "Administration based on security assessment will take appropriate decision from time to time."

He said he was in Kashmir to watch a football match being played between Real Kashmir and Chennai city in Srinagar.

He said he was happy that Real Kashmir won Thursday’s match by scoring two goals while as Chennai city scored just one goal.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is special correspondent with Kashmir Observer and tweets @AuqibJaveed

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