SRINAGAR: Islam will flourish in Kashmir if the BJP comes to power, the party announced Wednesday.
“The BJP is not a communal party. Kashmir is the land of Sufi saints, and Islam will flourish under BJP rule. Kashmiris would feel more secure if the BJP is voted to power,” BJP’s state vice-president Ramesh Arora, who is also in charge of the party’s Kashmir affairs, said in a press briefing here.
Criticising opposition PDP and Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC), Arora said, “Those saying ‘Kashmiriyat is under threat if the BJP comes to power’ are themselves threat to identity of the state.”
“It is a fear psychosis they are creating,” he added.
Reacting to PCC chief Saifuddin Soz’s recent statement that the “BJP plans to polarise people along Shia-Sunni lines,” Arora said, “Soz has gone mad. We respect all religions and pledge religious freedom to all as guaranteed in the Indian constitution.”
He said the BJP won’t press for abrogation of Article 370, which guarantees ‘special status’ to Kashmir under the Indian constitution, against the wishes of the people of the state.
“If people want it to stay, we won’t touch it,” he said.
About the random arrests being made in the Valley ahead of the polls, Arora said that arresting and releasing people has “become like a money-making industry in the state.”
“Our party will end the injustice being done at the level of police, bureaucrats and politics,” he said.
Arora refuted possibilities of any post poll alliance with the National Conference (NC).
“How can we have an alliance with NC when we are fighting the family rule that has destroyed India? A glimpse of our success in this struggle was evident in the recent parliamentary elections,” he said.
About delay in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Valley for electioneering, he said, “Modi will surely visit the Valley. There is a schedule we are following.”