SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) activists took out a protest march against BJP leader and cabinet minister Chandra Prakash Ganga for his controversial statements, in a leaked video, advocating use of bullets against protesters in Kashmir.
Starting their march from party headquarters, NC activists and leaders led by district president Srinagar Peer Afaq and Youth National Conference Provincial President Salman Ali Sagar were stopped by police near the TRC Srinagar where they later burnt an effigy of the minister.
Describing the language used in the video, as unfortunate and reeking of “communal mindset prevalent among those who are supposed to be guardians of the society”, the NC leaders demanded Ganga’s resignation from the cabinet.
“It is highly shameful that no one from the government or from PDP has spoken against such rabid comments. It shows the seriousness and the priorities of this government. The whole valley is going through a very volatile phase. Instead of de-escalating the situation, every effort is being made to escalate the situation in Kashmir. This is condemnable and will be resisted peacefully,” Salman Sagar said.
Taking strong note of the remarks by BJP minister, Provincial Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar castigated the government for maintaining a “criminal” silence. “For the sake of power, Mehbooba Mufti has sold her conscience and has given in to the arm pulling of its coalition partner, the right wing BJP. In all this she has forgotten even those who have voted her to power,” he said adding, “Time will come when she will have to pay a heavy price for siding with those who are openly calling for murder of Kashmiris.”
Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani later condemned the police for stopping the NC leader from moving towards Lal Chowk.
“It is highly shameful that police manhandled our peaceful march and did not allow the protestors to move further. This act of police exposes the tall claims of PDP-BJP government of giving space to peaceful protests. When a major mainstream political party is treated like this, what can be expected from the administration when it comes to handling protests by students and others,” he said.