Crush separatists in J&K: BJP tells Centre

Former BJP President Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the Congress-led UPA government should "go to any extent" to crush the separatists in Jammu and Kashmir and pledged all support from the party in this fight.

New Delhi: Former BJP President Rajnath
Singh on Tuesday said the Congress-led UPA government should "go to
any extent" to crush the separatists in Jammu and Kashmir and
pledged all support from the party in this fight.

Singh, who is sitting on a hunger strike at Rajghat here
in protest against the stopping of BJP`s Ekta Yatra to
Srinagar to unfurl the national flag, said Congress and the
Omar Abdullah government in Jammu and Kashmir should stop
compromising with the separatists.
"For how long will they keep compromising with the
separatists? The government should crush them. There should be
a final decision (aar paar ka nirnaya) on this issue. The main
opposition is fully with the government in fighting this
crisis. A solution has to be found. Government should go to
any extent. We will support," he told PTI.

The BJP leader maintained that not allowing his party to
hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Republic
Day would encourage the separatists and send a wrong message.

"If the state and the Central government do not allow us
to unfurl the national flag at Lal Chowk, it would give a
boost to the separatists and encourage them. They will think
it is a moral victory for them and a moral defeat for the
nationalist forces," Singh said.

He insisted that providing security to anybody wanting
to hoist the national flag - "whether at Lal Chowk or Lal Qila
(Red Fort)" - was the responsibility of the government.
"We want to ask the government for how long will it
continue to play with the sovereignty of the country in the
name of the so-called law and order issue in Kashmir," Singh
said, adding that the ordinary Muslim in the Valley wanted
peace and wished to be a part of India.

Singh, an MP from Ghaziabad, would continue his hunger
strike till the evening of January 26, party sources said.

Singh warned the Central and the Omar Abdullah
government not to toy with the idea of going for a pre-1953
status which would give separate flag, constitution and head
of government to the border state.

"That is not acceptable to us. We are in fact, talking
about abrogation of Article 370 (which gives special status to
Jammu and Kashmir)," he said.

PTI

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