Citizens Forum hit Srinagar streets against any BJP govt

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Dec 30, 2014 20:29 IST

Days after the Shri Ram Sena demanded division of the state on the basis of divided mandate between Jammu and Kashmir regions, Srinagar-based J&K Citizens Forum members hit Srinagar streets against any BJP government on Tuesday.

Holding banners and black flags, protesters raised slogans against coalition with the BJP.

"People of Kashmir knows anti-Kashmir and anti-Muslim credentials of the BJP. We caution PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed against forming alliance with the Hindu nationalists," said a black-hooded protester refusing to reveal his identity.

The street protest came on a day when PDP president Mehbooba Mufti left for Jammu to hold consultations with stakeholders there and meet governor NN Vohra on Wednesday.

"The BJP government will only prove detrimental for Muslim Kashmir," said another protester.

Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani has also questioned the move of regional parties to ally with the BJP.

"Both the PDP and the NC are unprincipled and power hungry. During campaigning, these parties talked high in favour of Kashmir and its people but now are in the race of getting ministerial berths. All these parties then termed the BJP as communal but seems to have forgotten the same now," said Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar.

"The BJP is on a mission and will use these parties in implementation of their own agenda in Kashmir," he said.

He said the elusive government was brewing anxiety in both the regions with many rightwing party leaders in Jammu opposing any non-BJP government.

"Kashmiri ruler cannot see the development of Jammu region, which has faced discrimination for the last six decades at the hands of Kashmiri rulers," said Shri Ram Sena state chief Rajiv Mahajan in Jammu.

"Now when the Jammu people are demanding separate Jammu state for development, which is impossible under the rule of Kashmiri leaders, the Kashmiri are pinched and are terming the nationalist organisations communal," he said.

Meanwhile, the PDP is facing pressure from the valley-based civil society members and traders' body for forging an alliance with secular parties like Congress and NC with 12 and 15 seats, respectively.

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