Abdullahs, Muftis made J&K terrorism capital; Modi made it tourist capital: Chug

BJP leaders Tarun Chug, Tejasvi Surya and Ravinder Raina (left) during ‘Tiranga Bikers Rally’ (right) at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Monday. —Excelsior/Shakeel
BJP leaders Tarun Chug, Tejasvi Surya and Ravinder Raina (left) during ‘Tiranga Bikers Rally’ (right) at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Monday. —Excelsior/Shakeel

300 bikers take part in Tiranga rally from Lal Chowk

Fayaz Bukhari
Srinagar, July 25: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Tarun Chug today targeted Abdullahs and Muftis for making Jammu and Kashmir terrorism capital and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it tourism capital.

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Chug while addressing the gathering before flagging off the first-ever Tiranga rally to Kargil from Lal Chowk in Srinagar in which 300 bikers participated, said the twin families in Jammu and Kashmir, who ruled here for the past 70 years have made it “terrorism capital”, but the Prime Minister has made it tourism capital.
He said that these two families have failed to serve the people in the last 70 years. “Mehbooba Mufti had claimed that after abrogation of Article 370, no one will raise tricolor in J&K, let she visit Lal Chowk and see how everyone has been carrying the tricolor in their hands,” he said, adding that the twin families were claiming high and tall that the Article 370 cannot be abrogated, but PM Modi has made it possible.
“The families have joined hands and come up with a Gupkar gang. Abdullah and sons and Mufti and sons are only making poisonous statements,” he said.
“Abdullah and sons, Mufti and sons and Nehru and sons have been rejected by the people now. The youth have come forward for the progress of J&K. The youth from many parts of different J&K participated in the bike rally,” he said.
“For those who have looted J&K failed to ensure progress here, but their properties continue to rise,” he said, adding that the tricolor is in the hearts and minds of every Kashmiri, but these politicians are reluctant to accept this fact.
About the rally, he said it is being organized to remember the sacrifices of the Kargil war. “J&K has moved forward and cannot move ahead as per the aspirations of the dynasts,” he told reporters.
BJP’s J&K president, Ravinder Raina while addressing a gathering said that the tiranga is “our identity and it belongs to everyone irrespective of religion, caste and creed.”
“Many people have sacrificed their lives for India’s independence. Many officers have also been killed for this tricolor,” he said.
Sunil Sharma, former J&K Minister said that BJP will have its own Government in UT.
National president of BJP Yuva Morcha, Tejasvi Surya also spoke on the occasion and said that for the first time after the abrogation of Article 370, such a rally was organized
A statement issued by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) said that it launched a two-day Tiranga Yatra on the Kargil Vijay Diwas starting on July 25 under the leadership of BJYM national President Tejasvi Surya.
It said that the BJP National General Secretary flagged off the yatra from Lal Chowk, Srinagar which was attended by 3000 youth including all national office bearers, State presidents and NEC Member.
“This is for the first time after Abrogation of 370 that such grandiose event has been held in Kashmir. Flagging off the Yatra, BJP general secretary Tarun Chug stated that a wave of change is sweeping after Abrogation of 370. Earlier, no one was allowed to unfurl national flag at Lal Chowk, and if someone attempt, they faced numerous hindrances,” the statement read.
“Tejasvi said on Vijay Diwas Tiranga Yatra march from Lal Chowk to Kargil is a symbol of the integrity of our country, it is a symbol of the unity of our country, it is a symbol of the self-respect of over billion Indians and it is a symbol of the feeling ‘Bharat is one’ in its true sense. Today when I see the whole of India from Lal Chowk, Srinagar I can see the shores of Kanyakumari from the holy land of Rishi Kashyap who might be showering his blessings on our PM Narendra Modi for integrating Kashmir with Bharat in the true sense”, read the statement.
“I also remember the umpteenth time the great warriors of Hindustan defeated foreign invaders from Pakistan in Kargil. I salute the great martyrs of Kargil and remember the iron will determination of Atal Bihari Vajpayee who made this glorious victory possible. I also remember captain Vikram Batra and his iconic words “yeh dil maange more” resonates in my mind. On behalf of lakhs of BJYM karykartas, I pay homage to Capt Batra and all the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to protect the honor of the Tiranga,” Tejasvi said.
“The yatra will conclude on 26th July where the participants will pay homage to the fallen soldiers at the Kargil War Memorial and also it will unfurl 75 meter long Indian National Flag to mark Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The closing ceremony will be held in Kargil City. Kargil war hero Gen VK Singh, Union MoS Civil Aviation, will grace the occasion as the chief guest,” reads the statement.
The statement said that it has been registered as a historic and the largest political event in Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 and thereby the absolute constitutional integration of Jammu and Kashmir under the leadership of Prime Minister. “This event communicates to the entire nation calling for unity and oneness while at the same time celebrating the valour of the Indian Army,” read the statement.