BJP stays away
Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday paid tributes to 13 July martyrs even as its coalition partner BJP stayed away from paying floral tributes at the martyrs’ graveyard saying the day has no ‘historical significance’.
Talking on reporters on after paying floral tributes to the martyrs at martyrs graveyard in old Srinagar, Mehbooba said “Kashmiriyat was alive, referring to the outrage and solidarity expressed by Kashmiris against the attack on Amaranth yatris in Botnegoo Anantnag. Seven yatris were killed in the attack.
“All the people irrespective of their ideologies and groups got together and condemned the attack on Amarnath yatris to give the world a message that Kashmiriyat is still alive and Kashmiris will not tolerate such incidents which are against Kashmiriyat,” Mehbooba said.
“We should remember the lessons of the day and fight those people who have created fear and kept us hostage. We should struggle to bring back that Kashmir for which these martyrs laid their lives,” she said.
July 13, 1931, is considered as a black day in the history of Kashmir after the forces of autocratic Maharaja killed 22 Kashmiris outside the Srinagar Central Jail. The people were protesting against the unfair trial of Abdul Qadeer by the autocratic government.
Mehbooba said that martyrs laid their lives to uphold the fundamental principle of Kashmiriyat.
“They laid down their lives for democratic rule and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir with Kashmiriyat its fundamental principle,” Mufti said
The Chief minister said the best way to remember the sacrifices of these martyrs is that the people of the state work together in strengthening the democratic, secular and tolerant system in the State, which was set up after huge sacrifices and struggles.
“We hope the clouds of uncertainty and violence would soon give way to reconciliation, peace and mutual trust,” Mufti said.
Chief Minister, accompanied by the ministers from the PDP, arrived at the martyrs’ graveyard in Khawaja Bazar locality of the old city on Thursday morning and paid floral tributes to the martyrs. The police also presented a guard of honor to the martyrs on the occasion.
The ruling coalition partner of BJP continued to stay away from the event for the third consecutive year, saying they do not want to observe it as a martyr’s day.
“We do not want to observe it as martyrs day, neither as any special day,” a BJP leader said. “For us it is a normal day. So we do not think we should participate in a day which we do not consider of any historical significance”.