BJP surviving in Kashmir on media hype: Sagar

Srinagar: Terming his party as “the identity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” General Secretary of the ruling National Conference (NC) Ali Mohammad Sagar Monday said there was no chance of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) coming to power in the state.
“The BJP presence in Jammu and Kashmir is just media hype, nothing else. It doesn’t matter to us. BJP will not achieve their mission even in dreams. It’s our party that will emerge victorious and will form the next government,” Sagar told Kashmir Reader after addressing a gathering outside the Dastgeer Sahib shrine in Khanyar area here.
The senior NC minister said that his party was committed to the equitable development of the state, safeguarding Article 370, and the restoration of autonomy. He said that party manifesto was ready but could not be released due to the directive of the Election Commission of India (ECI)
“We’ll come out with the manifesto on Wednesday, a day after polls” he said, adding “The Centre has no mandate to reject our autonomy resolution that is based on the will of the people of all the regions of the state. Our fight for autonomy will continue,”
Earlier, Sagar sought the blessings of the Sufi saint in the elections. Making an emotional appeal to the voters, Sagar, who was joined by hundreds of his supporters, said that “victory will be ours.” Apprehending protests, police had sealed the area with barb wire.
“May Allah grant us victory. May Allah solve all our problems. By the grace of this darbar, we’ll emerge victorious. And our enemies will taste defeat,” he said, as his supporters shouted ‘zaroor’.
Sagar also highlighted the achievements of his government during the last six years. He said that when floods came, people took refuge in the community halls that were built by the NC government.
“Some of our friends are angry, and some have left. They must understand that NC is their home. It’s their party. And they need to strengthen their home,” he said.
“And defeat those magicians, who mislead you with their tricks. Give befitting reply to the enemies of Kashmir and Kashmiriyat,” he added.
He said that the shopkeepers of Khanyar need to be removed and relocated within the vicinity. In Rainawari, he said, the government rehabilitated 50 shopkeepers.
“We’ll try to do the best for the welfare of people. We’re trying to rehabilitate the traders. For that, you have to make our party strong,” he added.