Shah asks BJP leaders to strengthen party in Kashmir

‘Ensure dynasty rule of PDP, NC, Cong is wiped out’

Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar, May 17: Union Home Minister Amit Shah this morning left for New Delhi after his brief visit to Srinagar and told the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to strengthen the party in Kashmir.

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A BJP leader said that Shah stressed for strengthening of the saffron party at the grassroots in Kashmir and asked the leaders to ensure that the dynasty rule of National Conference, People’s Democratic Party and Congress is wiped out.
The leader said that Shah asked them to vote against these parties in the remaining two Lok Sabha seats of Baramulla and Anantnag-Rajouri that are going for vote on May 20 and May 25 respectively.
The BJP delegation was led by general secretary and J&K affairs Incharge Sunil Sharma and included national General Secretary Tarun Chugh, other local leaders Darakshan Andrabi, Hina Bhat, Sofi Yousuf, Altaf Thakur, GM Mir, Ali Muhammad and Bilal Parray.
Shah, who arrived here last evening, left for New Delhi this morning. Although, he met several officials during his visit but there was no security review meeting as was speculated.
During his brief visit, he met several delegations including Gujjars, Bakerwals, Paharis, Sikhs and a delegation of local leaders of his party who raised their issues with the Home Minister. The meetings went on till late night and all the delegations were asked to ensure that the dynasty rule of the NC, the PDP and Congress is wiped out from J&K.
Gujjar-Bakerwal community leader from South Kashmir, Ahmad Bin Bumla said that the Union Home Minister sought feedback from them about the post-Article 370 situation in J&K.
“We raised several issues confronting the community and HM assured us that our demands would be considered,” he said.
Shahbaz Peer who was also part of the Gujjar delegation said that they put forth the demands like special recruitment for ST community, spread of private sector to ensure more jobs for the youth from the community.
The Sikh delegation demanded a special package for employment like Pandits were given. They also demanded the establishment of a Minority Commission and also ST status for the community. The Home Minister assured them that he will look into the demands raised by the Sikh community leaders.
The leader of Gujjar-Bakerwal delegation from north Kashmir, Ghulam Mohammad Khatana said that they were assured that the 10 per cent reservation of the Gujjar is there and Paharis were given different reservation quotas.
The Gujjar-Bakerwal delegation raised the issue of electricity and other issues about basic amenities.