JAMMU, Jan 31: While Opposition MLAs of National Conference (NC) and Congress held a demonstration outside the State Assembly today terming PDP and BJP coalition Government as anti people and accused it of having inner contradictions over various issues including Article 370 granting special Constitutional position to State, BJP on the other hand said that it has not deviated from its basic stand on Article 370 but for smooth running of coalition both alliance partners have decided to strictly stick to Agenda of Alliance (AOA).
Talking to reporters soon after the Opposition protested over the contradictory stand of two coalition partners on Article 370 inside the Assembly after Speaker, Kavinder Gupta said that he will expunge the word anti national if it was recorded in Assembly proceedings, Minister of Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash Ganga said that BJP’s stand has not changed on Article 370 but for smooth running of coalition it has maintained a silence over the issue as well as PDP has remained silent on its self rule formula. He said both the parties in the AOA have decided to concentrate on the developmental agenda for all the three regions of the State which have faced a lot of destruction due to three decade long turmoil.
Ganga said that both parties made a threadbare study of the situation before entering into the coalition and it took three months in framing the AOA so that there should be no contradictions in running the Government. This is the reason that both parties decided to keep the Article 370 and self rule away from the AoA, he added.
BJP president, Sat Sharma soon after the opposition protest and stand taken by his party on the issue contacted national leaders on phone including party national president Amit Shah and detailed them about the entire situation and the stand taken by the Party over the issue. While talking to reporters he said that the people of both the regions voted for development as State has seen lot of devastation due to terrorist violence over the years and having the mandate of the people of both the regions we decided to join hands because both the parties want the development of the State.
He however made it clear that BJP has not deviated from its old stand on Article 370.
However the opposition NC and Congress members who protested outside the Assembly complex and shouted slogans against the PDP-BJP, RSS and its sister organizations said there are inner contradictions in this Government and it is anti people coalition.
The protesters said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS chief Dr Mohan Rao Bhagwat should issue statement whether they are anti-nationals or not. They raised slogans `Nagpur Sarkar’, `match fixing Sarkar’ hai hai.,
Addressing the protesters, NC MLA Mian Altaf said that in Assembly Speaker said that he expunged the CM’s remarks which mean this Government does not exist any where. He said the PDP and BJP owe an answer to people as what is their basic stand on the issue as they can’t mislead the public any more now.
Usman Majid of Congress while criticizing the coalition Government said that what happened in the House is unheard in Parliamentary democracy. This shows that the CM has lost mandate and she should resign. Quoting CM, he said “those fiddle with Article 370 are anti nationals”. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi should reply to it, he added.
He sought an answer from BJP that were Shamaprasad Mookerjee, Deen Dayal Upadayay and Atal Behari Vajpayee also anti nationals.
Ali Mohammed Sagar of NC and Nawang Rigzin Jora also addressed the protesters and made a dig at coalition.
MLA Udhampur and former Minister Pawan Gupta also objected the provocative remarks of the Chief Minister on Article 370. He said when he demanded a healthy debate over the issue he was marshaled out by Speaker. Terming the action of Speaker as murder of democracy he said since the time of Praja Parishad and Jan Sangh the Safron Party stood for ideology of core issue like abrogation of Article 370 by complete integration of the State with India but being the coalition partner of PDP, the BJP remained mute spectator in the House even after CM made anti national remarks against the Party.
Independent MLA Hakeem Mohammed Yaseen also ridiculed the PDP -BJP coalition for their double speak over Article 370 and alleged that a deliberate attempt is being made to create confusion and wedge between the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
He while talking to media persons said both the parties should come clean over their respective stand on the Article 370.