No one will be called West Pak refugee now in J&K: Khanna

BJP national vice president, Avinash Rai Khanna addressing a rally at Vijaypur on Sunday.
BJP national vice president, Avinash Rai Khanna addressing a rally at Vijaypur on Sunday.

Number of activists join BJP

Excelsior Correspondent
SAMBA, Sept 1: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national vice president, Avinash Rai Khanna today said that the tag attached with the displaced people from across the border over seven decades back as West Pak Refugees’ has ended now with the abrogation of controversial Article 370 which had created a barrier between J&K and rest of the country.
Addressing a massive gathering of West Pakistani Refugees led by Labha Ram Gandhi, at Swankha Morh near Vijaypur in Samba district and another function at Gurah Morh in Vijaypur organised by BJP leader and State Executive Member, Arun Kumar Sharma, Khanna said no one will be called as refugee in the State now as all have become equal citizens of India enjoying all rights enshrined in Indian Constitution.
Khanna said that these refugees have suffered a lot over the years due to the inhuman approach by the previous Governments. These people were not able to claim benefits under welfare schemes, Government jobs and other amenities. He claimed that only BJP took the issue at every possible front to give the people their deserved rights.
Khanna, said that except J&K, no where in the country the term of “West Pakistani Refugees” existed and this was really dreadful for those lakhs of people who were true nationalists.
Ravinder Raina, in his address, extended his congratulations to the whole community. He remembered the days of agitation by the community and said that many lives have been lost while agitating for their rights. He said “the generations lost cannot be returned but now we can make the better future”. He said that Indians have been oppressed in the past by the British and others but denying rights to entire community was the result of discriminatory approach of NC and Congress governments.
Labha Ram Gandhi, president West Pak refugees while speaking on the occasion, said that “we have achieved the goal after long sacrifices and we also want to compliment Avinash Rai Khanna and BJP for the positive role in acting as a perfect mediator for the historical decision”. He remembered that during the Congress Government at the Centre in 2006, Avinash Rai Khanna gave Writ Petition in Rajya Sabha to tell MPs of grave injustice to which West Pak refugees were subjected.
At Gurah function a number of social and political activists on the persistence of Arun Kumar Sharma joined BJP under the leadership of Parveen Kumar a socio-political activist.
Addressing the function Khanna said Modi fully integrated J&K with Indian Union by abrogating Article 370and 35-A. He said BJP is the party of all religions, regions and Castes and all nationalist people who proudly say Bharat Mata Ki Jai are welcomed in it and party will give due respect to them.
He said the people like Arun Sharma who are fully dedicated to public service will rewarded for their commitment and hard work.
In his address Arun Sharma said honest and dedicated people have safe future in BJP. He said for unity & integrity of the country and making India Vishaw Guru again the need is to strengthen hands of PM, Narendra Modi.
District president BJP Jangbahadur Singh, Shashi Pal, Anil Kumar, Naresh Ambha, Vinod Singh, Gulshan Lal, Mohan Lal and Avtar Singh addressed the function.