Bandipora Killings: Fear Grips BJP Workers, 4 Resign in 8 Days

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Srinagar: A week after the killing of BJP’s youth leader along with his brother and father, fear is palpable among the Saffron party workers in Kashmir with at least four of them submitting their resignations in last eight days.

“In the past eight days, at least four ruling BJP workers/leaders resigned from the party and they include a woman worker from north Kashmir districts of Baramulla and Kupwara”, a report said on Thursday.

Quoting aggrieved party leaders and workers news gathering agency KNO reported that the aggrieved workers are accusing party of failing to address their security concerns.

Mubeena Begum, a woman BJP worker, who resigned from the party said that ever since she joined the BJP, party didn’t support the way it should have and the local administration too didn’t pay any heed to her concerns. “This is the reason I resigned,” she said.

Aijaz Ahmad, another party leader who resigned earlier said that the local administration never accepted them as BJP leaders and workers and that became the main reason why they failed to deliver. “I still remember we have worked under immense pressure and threats but successfully managed to conduct BDC elections still we were left unrecognised,” he said.

Bashir Ahmed Malik, a Handwara resident, who also resigned from the BJP party, said that there are some personal issues behind his resignation and his family members also forced him to give up the post fearing the ongoing threats.

“I have daughters back home who are my responsibility and now there are threats that actually bother me. The security apprehension is a hurdle before anyone these days”, he was quoted as saying.

J&K BJP General Secretary (Org), Ashok Koul said that the life threats can’t be ruled out at this time.

“There is a fear among our workers. Some posts are threatening in which they have been warned of dire consequences,” he said. “These leaders were part of different political parties who in the past have worked for their benefits but BJP doesn’t serve for personal interests since the local administration appropriately knows what has to be done and political leaders shouldn’t interfere in those affairs.”

As far as the security, Koul said that BJP has already taken up the issue with the police top brass and the security review of each and every political worker is being conducted. “Every single worker cant be provided with the security cover, but those who have genuine threats and are vulnerable, will be given a proper cover very soon,” he said.

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