JammuThe BJP on Monday asked Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Altaf Ahmed Bukhari “not to lock horns with the Army chief”, two days after he said Gen Bipin Rawat should “do his own job” and not meddle in the state’s affairs.
Rawat had on Friday said social media and government schools in the state were spreading a “disinformation campaign” resulting in radicalisation of youths. He had called for “some control” over mosques and madrassas in the state and suggested a “major revamp” of the education system. Bukhari has then accused the Army of “meddling in the state’s affairs”. BJP J&K unit spokesperson Brigadier Anil Gupta (retd) in a statement asked “the minister to be pragmatic and accept the reality rather than locking horns” with the Army chief.Gupta said Rawat’s remarks should be viewed positively and not turned into a political issue.
The Army chief’s “statement was based on his vast experience in the valley and interactions with students at various levels”, the BJP leader said.