RSS for tough approach against militants, separatists in J&K

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 11: Three-day historic annual meet of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) called as the ‘Jan Pratinidhi Sabha’ had a detailed review of Jammu and Kashmir’s political, border and security situation and once again reiterated for equal development of all three regions including Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
Entire top brass of RSS from Jammu and Kashmir led by Romesh Puppa attended the three-day conclave at the organizations’ Nagpur headquarters, which was chaired by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and attended among others by BJP national president Amit Shah. The conclave concluded late this evening.
Sources told the Excelsior that apart from review of J&K situation at three-day conclave, the RSS leaders from Jammu and Kashmir also had small separate meetings with organization’s national leaders including those looking after the affairs of the sensitive border State.
The RSS reiterated its call for equal treatment to all three regions of Jammu and Kashmir viz Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh as some of its leaders felt that despite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) being a partner in the coalition Government with People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Jammu and Ladakh regions were still not getting their due and it was responsibility of the BJP to see to it that prolonged discrimination with the two regions is done away with now.
“There are great expectations from the BJP in two regions of Jammu and Ladakh. The aspirations of the people of these two regions have to be met,” they said, adding neither the BJP nor the RSS was against any region and that it why it has asked for equal treatment to all three regions.
Top brass of RSS from J&K is understood to have given detailed briefing to the national leaders during three-day conclave as well as separate meetings on all aspects of Jammu and Kashmir situation including spurt in tension on the borders with Pakistan, working of PDP-BJP coalition Government, which has completed three years in office, Pakistan-sponsored militancy and impact of National Investigating Agency (NIA) raids on separatists.
According to sources, the border situation in view of increased hostilities between India and Pakistan and sufferings of the people living within firing and shelling range on Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) were discussed at the meeting and the RSS wanted the Centre Government to act tough against Pakistan though it was satisfied with the response the armed forces of the country were giving to the enemy.
It wanted all possible facilities to the border dwellers, who had to shift to safer areas due to Pakistan shelling and firing. It called upon the State unit leaders of the organization to extend all possible help to the border people on their own as well and also wanted the State BJP to pursue their issues in the coalition Government.
“The RSS wanted the Centre Government’s tough policy against Pakistan-sponsored terrorists and separatists in Jammu and Kashmir to go on,” sources said, adding the organization was of the view that it (the aggressive policy) has brought desired results with more than 200 militants being killed last year and a number of separatists and their supporters put behind the bars for taking funds from Pakistan.
The RSS national leadership appeared to be satisfied with the working of first-ever PDP-BJP coalition Government in Jammu and Kashmir though it voiced reservations on some issues. Sources said the RSS wanted its State unit leaders to regularly take up with the BJP the issues of Jammu and Ladakh regions and get them resolved as the party was now part of the Government and the people can’t be discriminated in any region.
It pointed out that the BJP had won 25 out of 27 Assembly seats in Jammu region and won majority in Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council for the first time. The RSS also wanted its leaders as well as that of BJP to increase organizational activities in the Kashmir valley.
The Bharatiya Jan Pratinidhi Sabha of the RSS meets every year at Nagpur to review State wise situation in the entire country and organizational matters in which top leadership of the RSS from all States join the meeting. The meeting is also attended by the BJP leaders to ensure coordination between the two organizations. BJP president Amit Shah and other BJP leaders also joined the conclave.