Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday charged the ruling National Conference with vitiating the political atmosphere in Jammu province to promote its "communal and pro-autonomy pernicious agenda".
BJP state president Jugal Kishore Sharma alleged that the NC in particular had turned "so vindictive" against the nationalist forces in the state that it was implicating innocent persons to "take revenge" on those who played a very important role in the historic Amarnath land row agitation in 2008 that had led to the collapse of the Ghulam Nabi Azad-led Congress government.
He expressed concern over the latest move of the NC-Congress coalition government in the state to allegedly implicate two "innocent" youths after a gap of five years.
"Why did the government take such a long time to challan them in the court? The very fact that the state government has acted after such a long time is proof that its intentions are not only ill-designed and ill-motivated, but also calculated to create communal tension in the otherwise peaceful Jammu province," he alleged, expressing solidarity with those who suffered during the 63-day agitation.
Sharma said, "It is strange that while the state government has not taken any step to implement the August-2008 agreement between the government and the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti, it has, on the contrary, let loose its police to harass the innocent citizens of Jammu."
The BJP chief warned the state government that any move on its part to implicate innocent people in criminal or other cases would lead to a massive agitation in Jammu province, where people, cutting across party and religious lines, were already seething with anger due to the anti-Jammu policies of the NC-Congress coalition government.
"The BJP will not allow the NC-Congress coalition government to play dirty and divisive games in Jammu province," he said.
Asking the parties to clear their stand on the public interest litigation (PIL) that November 17 should be celebrated as Republic Day in Jammu and Kashmir, Sharma added that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and dismissed the PIL as an act of sedition.