State BJP chief spokesperson and national executive member Jitendra Singh here on Friday castigated the National Conference-Congress coalition government for its double standards on security policy stand.
He said that on the one hand the government claimed improvement in the security scenario and was demanding the withdrawal of AFSPA, while on the other it wanted the Union home ministry to forego a debt of Rs 600 crore accumulated in lieu of security deployment charges in the state on the ground that several districts still continued to be militancy infested.
He was referring to reports that the security related expenditure (SRE), involving the cost of deployment of the Rapid Action Force (RAF), the Central Reserve Police (CRPF) and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), had touched Rs 600 crore, which the state was unable to pay to the Centre, while at the same time wanting to continue with the existing security arrangements by Central forces.
Singh called this the proverbial case of 'having the cake and eating it too'. He invoked this fact as a vindication of the BJP stand that the National Conference was both using the Central security apparatus to rein in terrorism and stay in power, while making a high pitch for such populist demands as revocation of AFSPA.
Singh disclosed that as a part of Rs 280 crore projects relating to the upgradation of police training centres, the state government had demanded an additional Rs 50 crore as the second installment for the year 2012-13.
Meanwhile, the Omar government was also pressing for exemption from deployment charges, as was the case till 2009, he added.
This clearly indicated, alleged Singh, that the NC-led government weas taking the people of Kashmir for a ride and trying to appease the separatists by publicly denouncing the Indian Army. In reality, it was largely dependent on services rendered by the Central armed forces, whose deployment it was receiving free of cost because of the dubious political nexus with 10 Janpath.
Singh reiterated the demand for calling the bluff of the NC-Congress coalition government. He said the people of the state were no longer ready to bear with a ruling party, which was enjoying all the perks and privileges under the patronage of the Centre, while at the same time abusing the republic and Constitution of India.