Srinagar: BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav is set to visit Kashmir on Thursday to assess the political situation in the wake of the joint statement from six political parties, including NC, PDP and Congress, reiterating their commitment to Gupkar Declaration. The visit comes at a time when working committee of J&K BJP in a unanimous resolution reiterated party’s commitment to restoration of statehood. BJP has termed the Gupkar Declaration “anti-national, pro-secessionist, misleading and deceptive”.
“Kashmir is witnessing a lot of political activity these days especially since some political parties have started talking here. He (Ram Madhav) is coming to assess the situation. He may also meet some of the political leaders,” a BJP member in Srinagar told ET. Madhav is also scheduled to meet some of the anxious party members who have complained about inadequate security in wake of the attacks against BJP members since the killing of one of the party member, Wasim Bari in Bandipora of northern Kashmir in July this year.
Earlier this week, J&K BJP working committee in the meeting reiterated that article 370 and 35 (A) were part of history now and nobody could sell pipe dreams to the people of J&K any more. The party passed a 28-point resolution in the meeting in which they demanded that assembly elections should be held as soon as the delimitation exercise is completed.
“Article 370 was a concession misconstrued as weakness. There is a national concesus on abrogation of special status of J&K. Now anybody who comes to power cannot muster courage and political will to restore it,” former legislator and BJP spokesperson R S Pathania told ET.
The BJP leader said that political parties in Kashmir are trying to sell another pipe dream to people which can never be possible. The Gupkar Declaration puts Congress in the dock, said Pathania adding, “This national party has to explain that why they are part of this anti-national declaration.”
The signatories of the declaration and joint statement, the BJP leader said would come running to fight elections, when the Election Commission announces the decision.
“If they boycott the elections, their political identity will vanish in the air. And if they fight, it will only prove our point and establish that this whole exercise of Gupkar Declaration was a hog wash,” said Pathania.
On August 22, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti of People’s Democratic Party, Ghulam Ahmad Mir of Congress, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami of CPI(M), Sajjad Lone of People’s Conference, and Muzaffar Shah of Awami National Conference issued a joint statement saying they would unwaveringly adhere to the contents of the Gupkar declaration signed on August 4, 2019. The Declaration read that they would unitedly defend the identity, autonomy and special status of Jammu & Kashmir. It was signed at the Gupkar house of Abdullah.