Deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh said the state government will act tough against the anti-national forces. He said the message has been sent loud and clear with the arrest of separatist Masarat Alam, who had raised Pakistan flags.
"The BJP-PDP alliance is not an ideological one, but we are quite clear that anti-national forces and their activities will not be tolerated. Within hours of waiving Pakistan flag by him (Masarat), we got him arrested and sent to jail," the deputy CM said at a press conference on the completion of 100-day of the BJP-PDP government. The coalition government was formed on March 1, 2015.
Even though home minister Rajnath Singh had warned off tough action against waving of Pakistan flags, there have been instances of waving of Pakistan flags in the Valley. Only a few days ago, flags were raised at a rally addressed by separatist Shabir Shah in the Valley.
"There have been instances of waving of Pakistan flags in the past, but we ensured that the accused are arrested," he said.The deputy chief minister said the government has acted tough also during the recent protests by Sikhs, where pro-Khalistan and pro-Pakistan slogans were raised.
"An FIR was lodged. But to defuse the flared up situation, some decisions were taken in the interest of the state and the administration," he said.
A Sikh protester was killed in police firing last week during protests against the removal of the poster of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. A police sub-inspector was also stabbed by Sikh protesters.
He said it's wrong to say that the BJP is not an equal partner in the governance. "I didn't contradict the CM when he said the proposal for an artificial lake on the Tawi has been shelved. But we ensured that the proposal will go as planned," he said. The Dy CM was present at the press conference when chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed made this statement.
"There have been some instances, though accidental, which took the focus away from the governance. But we have set the platform for accountable and efficient governance," he said.