Srinagar: The Shiv Sena has suggested the BJP government to send ‘gau rakshaks’ to fight “terrorists” in the Valley Kashmir, reports said on Wednesday.
Referring to Anantnag attack which killed seven Amarnath yatris the NDA ally said “the Centre merely condemns such dastardly attacks on paper instead of bringing the terrorists to book”. The party said “a government having a “56-inch chest” was needed in the state to tackle Pakistan.”
The Sena was taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remark during the general elections campaign that a “56-inch chest” was needed to tackle Pakistan.
Seven pilgrims from Gujarat and Maharashtra were killed and 19 injured in Monday night’s attack by suspected militants.
The Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ that “the only answer the Centre had to the brutal attack was to condemn it on social networking site Twitter”.
“Who has the courage to stop these inhuman attacks today? How will you fight terrorists by only expressing sympathies or condemning the attacks on paper?” it asked.
“The government machinery in Kashmir has completely collapsed today,” the Sena said, adding that the prevailing crisis in Kashmir was dangerous for the unity of the nation”.
“There is no government in Jammu and Kashmir in reality today. The state is only ruled by terror and violence unleashed by terrorists. The state today needs a government having a 56-inch chest to bring an end to terrorists,” the Saamana editorial said.
“If a strong message has to be given to Pakistan and terrorists, then abolish Article 370 (of the Constitution) within a week and show the world that Jammu and Kashmir is an inseparable part of India,” the Sena said.
Yesterday, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had asked its senior ally to send ‘gau rakshaks’ to fight “terrorists” in the Valley.
“They (the BJP) used to say that do not bring sports, culture etc. in political issues. Today, religion and politics came together in the form of the terror attack. Should we understand that none of those terrorists would have been alive today if they had cow meat in their bags and not weapons?” Thackeray had asked.
“The issue of ‘gau rakshaks’ is raging today. Why don’t you send these vigilantes to fight terrorists?” he asked while addressing representatives of various Ganesh mandals for the upcoming festival.