BJP saffronising J&K, Northeast: Ghulam Nabi Azad
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday alleged that BJP was saffronising Jammu and Kashmir along with Northeast states of the country, saying the saffron party has sent hordes of RSS men to Kashmir valley and Jammu to polarise the society.
Chanderkote: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday alleged that BJP was saffronising Jammu and Kashmir along with Northeast states of the country, saying the saffron party has sent hordes of RSS men to Kashmir valley and Jammu to polarise the society.
"BJP is saffronising Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast for its vote bank politics. They have sent hordes of RSS men from country to valley and to this area," Azad told a public rally here in Ramban district of the state.
Flanked by AICC president Sonia Gandhi, Azad said "if they had sort votes it was ok--it would have been a symbol of brotherhood and unity. But they are here to destroy the fabric of brotherhood and communal harmony".
"During the day they are seeking votes and during the night they are spreading poison to divide the people," Azad said.
Maintaining that there was no differences between Hindus and Muslims in the region, the Congress leader said "India lives in these hills (of Chenab Valley) and ... In this Chenab valley there is a beautiful thing that there was no division between Hindu and Muslims".
He said "it was a mountain land cut off from Jammu and Kashmir as a paradise where peace and love was the foundation stone of this area," he said.
"But today I am sorry that in democracy that every political party has right to field a candidate to win by seeking votes, for the first time I have seen in this Chenab Valley that there are dozens of helicopters flying over it.
"The Prime Minister is going to visit tomorrow -- president of BJP has already visited and half-a-dozen of their ministers are ferrying here looking as it that Chenab valley is the area of some other country and they have come to invade it," he said.
"They have sent hordes of RSS men from country to the Valley and to this area to polarise Jammu and Kashmir to seek votes and form the government," Azad said.
"It is sorry that they are spreading poison in this valley to destroy the society. Government can be formed but cannot be formed at the destruction of the society," the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said while hitting out at BJP.
"This is the biggest difference between Congress and BJP. Congress is giving the prime and the most importance to communal harmony and integration of the country while BJP is totally opposite to it," the Congress leader said.
Saying that the "saffron flag is flagging in Kashmir and in this valley where culture, tradition, religion is totally different, he said "they are playing with the emotions of the people here with their language and culture".
"BJP may gain but it will only cause damage to the country," Azad said.
Chenab valley comprises Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts in Jammu and Kashmir.