Two More BJP members Quit Party in Kashmir


BJP workers at a function in Srinagar-File photo

Srinagar: Two more members of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), including a Panch have purportedly announced their disassociation from the party on social media.

According to the reports, Ghulam Rasool Sheikh, a resident of Fakeer Chek, Harda Panzu in Khansahab area of Budgam took to social media to announce his resignation from the BJP. Sheikh is also a Panch.

In Srinagar also, a BJP worker identified as Imtiyaz Ahmed Lone of Nowpora also announced disassociation from the party.

Both these persons have uploaded their photographs carrying resignation letters, local news agency KNT reported.

The fresh spate of resignation by Panchayat members comes after a number of attacks by suspected militants. Since last month, five BJP leaders have been assassinated by militants in the Valley.

According to reports, around 30 Panchayat members, leaders and workers of BJP have left the party in the last one week across Kashmir.

Raina Blames Pak For ‘Targeted Killings’

Pakistan is afraid of the BJP’s rise in Kashmir and is engineering targeted killings of party workers in the Valley, BJP’s J&K chief Ravinder Raina said on Thursday, asserting the neighbouring country will not succeed in its “nefarious designs”.

His statement came in the backdrop of militant attacks on some village-level BJP leaders, following which nearly a dozen party workers in Kashmir have resigned.

“Pakistan is afraid of the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Kashmir, that’s why it is selectively targeting BJP workers in Kashmir”, he told reporters here.

He said with the rise of the BJP in Kashmir, Pakistani militants and separatists are in frustration and desperation.

Applauding the bravery, dedication and commitment of BJP workers in Kashmir Valley, Raina said their sacrifices won’t go in vain and very soon the whole Valley will become militancy-free.

Naming some of the party workers who were recently attacked, Raina said Pakistani militants were afraid of the growing popularity of BJP leaders like Sheikh Wasim Bari, Abdul Hamid Nazir and the party’s sarpanches and panches, and therefore targeted them.

But it can’t stop the BJP in Kashmir valley as the common masses in Kashmir are with the party, he said, adding, “the majority of people of Kashmir valley are true patriots and they love India from the core of their hearts.

He said that Pakistan has lost all sympathies among the Kashmiris as people have understood its actual designs.

More than 95 percent Kashmiris are “hardcore” Indians and only a few anti-nationals are creating trouble, he said.

“These anti-nationals are being treated with Iron hands,” he said

Raina said that Pakistan and China will have to vacate all “illegally-occupied” parts of India.

Areas such as Gilgit, Baltistan, Muzzafarabad, Mirpur, Bhimbar, Kotli, Deva, Batala and Neelam Valley, which are in “illegal occupation” of Pakistan, will soon be a part of India and the Tiranga will be hoisted there with dignity.

We all should swear on this August 15 that we will get PoJK vacated and our people free from the slavery of Pakistan and China, he said.

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