Much to the embarrassment of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), its sitting member of the legislative council (MLC) has taken potshots at BJP ministers for their “lackadaisical attitude” vis-à-vis the Valley, asking them to “either work in Kashmir or resign”.
Taking to social networking site Facebook on Wednesday, Ramesh Arora, the sitting BJP MLC wrote, “My minister(s) should move and work at Kashmir. In childhood, we use to play a game in RSS shakha ‘Kashmir Kiskaa’ and every one reply with one voice ‘Hamara’. It means a lot and everyone from government must work there (Kashmir) and should try to improve the situation. If we have fear in our minds, we should resign to lead normal life. If we say, we are leader; we cannot leave our Kashmir at the mercy of others”.
The post on Arora’s Facebook has gone viral and has invited reactions from the commoners.
As the post has gone viral, while some have applauded Arora for his “bold” comment on party ministers, others have criticised him for the same.
A social media user, Sudhir Kumar of Jammu, in a sarcasm-laden response remarked ‘Arora Sahib not possible for them. They are not working in Jammu what they will do in Srinagar”.
Another person Deepak Sharma reacted, “Arora Sahib you have created a piquant situation for the BJP ministers in the state. The post has gone viral.”
Riding on Modi-wave, the BJP had slotted 25 seats in the November 2014 assembly elections—all from Jammu region despite the fact that the saffron party had given its attention to Kashmir Valley, where it did not even open its account.
However, party’s chief spokesperson advocate Sunil Sethi forwarded a message on a WhatsApp group, in which he said, “This is neither the official view of the party and nor is it factually correct. BJP ministers are working well and making efforts to provide good governance promised by Honb’le PM . They are doing efforts to bring normalcy back in the Valley. Ministers will hold their position till the party has confidence in their capabilities and performance and no worker of the party is supposed to make castigating remarks in public forums or social media against their own leaders. This can be discussed only inside party forums.”