Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah vowed on Monday to form the next government in Jammu & Kashmir as he reached out to voters in the Muslim-majority state where the party is hoping to make inroads in the assembly polls after its stunning win in the general election.
Shah, on his first trip to the state since he became party head, interacted with people forced out of their homes along the international border because of continuous firing by Pakistan in the RS Pura and Arnia sectors. About 10,000 people have migrated because of the firing, which intensified at the weekend.
“The issue of the rights of the people is to be addressed by the state government. The present government has its own take on it. We will form our own government here and address them,” he said at RS Pura.
Hitting out at Omar Abdullah, he accused the chief minister of ignoring the people on the borders.
“The time has come to get rid of the Abdullahs and Muftis. These two families have only brought miseries,” he told a public rally in Kathua, about 80 km from Jammu city. “Where is Omar Abdullah when people are suffering on the borders?”
The BJP president said the Centre had decided to give a tough response to the border firing. “Home Minister Rajnath Singh has given clear directions that India will respond in a tough manner to any firing from across the border,” said Shah.
The BJP is aiming to win at least 44 of 87 seats in the Jammu & Kashmir assembly, where an Omar Abdullah-led coalition of the National Conference and Congress party has been in power for more than five years.
As part of its strategy to win Jammu, it has taken up the issue of displaced people and refugees from Pakistan who do not have citizenship rights and cannot buy land or apply for government jobs.
Shah said the BJP would address all issues related to refugees who came to the state from Pakistan in 1947.