IIT inauguration in Jammu ‘insensitivity’ towards Kashmiris: NC

IIT inauguration in Jammu ‘insensitivity’ towards Kashmiris: NC

Reveals BJP’s intentions of dividing JK
SRINAGAR: National Conference on Sunday said BJP has “obvious intentions to divide J&K into two” and further augment the perception of its “prejudice” against the people of Kashmir.
In a statement issued here, NC spokesperson Junaid Mattu while lashing out at BJP and Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh said the timing of IIT Jammu inauguration was “insensitive” towards the people of Kashmir and underlined the party’s “contempt” towards the sentiment in the Valley.
“When you cut ribbons in Jammu at a time when Kashmir is on fire and when coffins of young boys are being lowered into graves here, it highlights your abject lack of humanity and empathy. How would people in Jammu have felt if an IIT was being inaugurated in Kashmir Valley at a time of similar grief and mass mourning in Jammu? This act of insensitivity and ruthlessness perfectly exemplifies BJP’s politics in J&K,” the NC spokesperson said.
He said the fact that BJP and the Deputy CM didn’t require the Chief Minister’s presence for the function in Jammu speaks louder than words. “This also raises serious questions on the writ and integrity of the Chief Minister’s office. Has Mehbooba Mufti in turn outsourced Jammu to the BJP? It’s evident that we have two factions within the Government in a mutual understanding where BJP gives PDP its patronage and the PDP Chief Minister in turn surrenders her constitutional authority and allows BJP to disrespect and humiliate the people of Kashmir,” he said.
Mattu said BJP has “clearly invested in dividing the State on the basis of religion” and while their ministers were virtually missing from the Valley during the current unrest, they were in perfect attendance to inaugurate an IIT in Jammu. “While our hospitals are overflowing with thousands of trauma cases and our doctors are starved for supplies and support, the health minister who belongs to BJP hasn’t considered it important to regularly visit the hospitals and take stock of the situation there. We haven’t seen a single BJP Minister attend to their sworn duties in the Valley in the past one month but when it comes to Jammu, their priorities are evident,” he said.
He said Dr Nirmal Singh should have the courage to openly state that he is the Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu City alone and his cabinet colleagues from BJP must follow suit. “Their condescending, prejudiced, and blatantly communal attitude towards Kashmiris is appalling and extremely contemptible especially at a time of such suffering in the Valley,” the spokesperson said.
Lashing out at the State government and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for silence on the persecution of a young Kashmiri professional in Chattisgarh, NC spokesperson asked the government to extend all possible legal aid and support to the arrested young professional who has been booked in a case of sedition for sharing a social media post.
“Seems like Mehbooba Mufti and her government have given a nod to all BJP-led state governments to persecute and prosecute Kashmiri students and professionals there. Her failure to take this matter up with the Chief Minister of Chattisgarh exposes all her claims and rhetoric. We have spoken to the family of the young professional and they have expressed helplessness and dismay at the refusal of proper legal support to their son and raised concerns over his safety in police custody. The state government’s silence on this amounts to complicity. The same Mehbooba who jumped on the rooftops of cars as an opposition leader to reap the political dividends of someone else’s grief is now completely comfortable with a young Kashmiri being hounded, booked and tried for sharing a Facebook post,” the spokesperson added.

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