Jammu: As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
bagan his two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP today
said people in the state have high hopes that he will address
the issue of "regional discrimination" and asked the Centre to
shun the "Kashmir-centric approach."
"The Prime Minister`s visit to Kashmir has raised hopes
that he will come with another special package to address the
vital issues pertaining to J&K, including imbalance and
discrimination among different regions of the state," party
spokesperson Nirmal Kamal said in a statement.
"BJP will like the PM to address the core issues to avoid
another kind of separatist movement in Jammu and Ladakh
regions, whose interests have always been put to back burner
by Kashmir-centric leadership," she said.
The BJP leader alleged that the "discriminatory policies"
have created a wedge among the people in various regions of
"The glaring example of this being that Jammu has more
area and population but has only 37 representatives in state
legislative Assembly, while Kashmir valley has less area and
population but has 46 MLAs," the spokesperson said.
The BJP also asked the prime minister not to give any
assurance to separatists over repealing of the Armed Forces
Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and withdrawal of troops.
"Instead the army should continue to give support to
civil administration in fighting Pakistan-sponsored terrorism
...," Kamal said.
She said the army is doing a commendable job by coming to
the rescue of people during natural calamities and extending
help to people through `Sadbhavana projects`.