BJYM protests against PPCC chief Sidhu over adviser’s comment on J&K
Amritsar Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leaders protested against Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Navjot Singh Sidhu over his adviser Malwinder Singh Mali’s controversial remark on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Mali had made references to J&K on Facebook on August 17; protesters claimed that this amounted to sedition.
Led by state BJYM in-charge Rajesh Honey and state president Bhanu Partap, the activists planned to gherao Sidhu’s residence in Holy City, a private township. Police, however, stopped them at the entrance to the complex by installing barricades and locking the main gate.
The youth workers tried to break the barricading, but police took some of them into preventive custody to defuse the situation. “Mali must be tried under sedition for his anti-national view on J&K,” claimed BJYM district president Gautam Arora.
“Every Indian will be enraged to see the post of Mali, as he doesn’t consider J&K to be an integral part of the country. It also shows that Sidhu in inclined towards Pakistan. Sidhu supports Pakistani extremists and separatists of Kashmir. He must tender an apology to the country,” claimed Arora.
In the confrontation between the police and BJYM, the youth wing of the BJP, the protesters raised slogans against the Congress and Sidhu. Partap added that they would hold state-wide protests against Sidhu and Mali. In his interactions with the media, Mali has maintained that nothing was wrong in his social media post on J&K.