Advani warns second agitation on pre-5316 November 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani today strongly opposed any attempt for restoration of pre-1953 position in Jammu and Kashmir and warned of a second agitation like the one carried out by Jan Sangh leader Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, which ended with integration of the State with rest of the country. Addressing a public meeting at Dussehra Grounds in Gandhi Nagar this afternoon in connection with his ‘Jan Chetna Yatra’ against corruption, Mr Advani said prior to 1953 and martyrdom of Mukherjee, the tricolor couldn’t be hoisted in Jammu and Kashmir, there was no jurisdiction of Supreme Court, Election Commission and Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) besides several other Central institutions. 'There were two Prime Ministers and two Presidents in the country-one for entire country and one for Jammu and Kashmir. The President of J&K was called Sadr-e-Riyasat. This entire practice ended with the agitation and martyrdom of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. 'Today, there is one Prime Minister, one President, one CAG, one Supreme Court and one Election Commission in the country. This was possible due to sacrifice of his life by Mukherjee’’, Mr Advani said in his 32 minutes address to the gathering. Accompanied by senior party leaders and former Ministers Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar and BJP general secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda, Mr Advani declared that the BJP would never allow the return of pre-1953 situation in Jammu and Kashmir. 'We will not allow sacrifices of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee to go waste. We are ready for a ‘second andolan’ (agitation) if any attempt was made to restore pre-1953 situation in the State’’, the BJP leader said. Mr Advani, whose 40 days long yatra today entered into 36th day, took on those demanding withdrawal of the Act from the State saying the situation has improved in Kashmir due to Army. 'It was a soldier, who was really serving the country. There is a debate going on (over partial withdrawal of AFSPA). The Government of India should take a firm stand in favour of Army and stop different voices emanating from different quarters against it’’, he said. Advani said continuous efforts were being made to 'demonise' the Army and asked the Government not to take any decision on the issue of withdrawal of AFSPA without the consent of armed forces. 'I feel at this point of time, the Government of India should say with determination, whatever we will do in Jammu and Kashmir as far as this Act is concerned, we will not do anything without the consent of Army,' he said. He added that 'If Army agreed (on AFSPA revocation), then do it or if not then do not do it'. The BJP leader said 'there should be a firm stand on it (AFSPA). There should be no hesitation'. 'Due to Army, Jammu and Kashmir has remained a part of the country. They are keeping it as a part of the country. But continued attempts are being made to demonise the Army- be it AFSPA or else. It is projected that Jammu and Kashmir has a problem and it is Army,' Advani said. 'If there are any excesses it should be corrected. We also get some examples of excesses regarding Manipur. It should be done away,' he said adding, 'but in Jammu and Kashmir there should be a separate and firm approach.' Advani alleged that Army persons were getting 'humiliated'. 'They are getting hurt by these statements. They are fighting for the country to keep Jammu and Kashmir part of the country by sacrificing their lives, but are still accused.' Maintaining that Kashmir is an old problem, he said, 'There are various States where problems do occur but they also get resolved later. J&K is a such State where there is problem from the inception and has not yet ended.' 'If India will show weakness towards terrorism, it would be our loss. Now a new word has been coined as far as terrorism is concerned in the country- It is Indian Mujahideen,' he said. 'It is said that they are Indian and they do terrorism which I do not accept. If Government of Pakistan and ISI would have a clear attitude towards terrorism and there would be no support to it, there would be no Indian Mujahideen. It would be wiped out,' the BJP leader said. Advani said it was due to the Army that J&K remained an integral part of the country. 'It was from the day one after 1947 (day of J&K’s accession with Union of India), Jammu and Kashmir remained a troubled State and till date, the process is continuing. But without the presence of Army along the borders, the situation would have been absolutely different,' he said. 'Chief Minister Omar Abdullah should understand that if the Army had not come to J&K to rescue it from the Pakistan backed tribal raid in 1947, the situation would have been different here,' he added. Advani said, 'Army guarded our borders and it is only due to them, Jammu and Kashmir is today an integral part of the country.' He said now the Pakistan was funding the poor youths of the country and asking them to strike within the country. 'This is done to give an impression to the international community that these are the indigenous militant groups named as Indian Mujaheedin (IM) and not the foreign mercenaries,' he said. Pointing out that UPA Government headed by Dr Manmohan Singh has no firm policy either against terrorism or on talks with Pakistan, he regretted that different voices are being heard from the Government representatives on both the sensitive issues. Mr Advani said it was the NDA Government headed by Atal Behari Vajpayee, which had told the then Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf in categoric terms that there can be no talks with him if he continued to describe terrorists operating in Kashmir as ‘freedom fighters’. 'Musharraf was rebuffed in Agra after he called the terrorists as ‘freedom fighters’. He was told that if he was not ready to call a spade a spade, there was no purpose of holding talks with him’’, the BJP leader said and recalled that it was the NDA which had adopted zero tolerance towards terrorism. He hoped that the UPA would also adopt a similar approach towards the terrorism. Taking strong exception to Dr Manmohan Singh calling his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani as a ‘man of peace’, the BJP veteran leader said 'I agree that India should have good relations with Pakistan but Dr Singh should understand that Pakistan Government has no control over their own country and terrorists’’. He added that ‘pro-terrorist elements’ would get encouraged with the statement of the Prime Minister. Asserting that ‘sushasan’ (good governance) and corruption can’t go together, Mr Advani said there would be ‘sushasan’ in the country only when there was no corruption but added that the UPA Government was 'mired in worst ever scams unheard in the country in the past’’. 'The UPA Government has no will to check corruption in the country. Whatever is being done (to curb the menace of corruption) is due to the efforts of the Supreme Court and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has also done an excellent job as Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman to expose corruption in 2G scam’’, the BJP leader said. Describing cash-for-vote scam as ‘biggest scam in history of the country’’, he said 19 MPs were ‘purchased’ by the Government for anything between ' 5 crore to ' 10 crore or even much more. He hoped that the Supreme Court would go into the facts as to who paid the money, with whose consent it was paid and how much cash was paid in total. Those who paid the money should also be treated as corrupt’’, he asserted. He claimed that the Government told even a foreign dignitary that it has ‘purchased’ MPs to vote in favour of the agreement with that country. 'There can be nothing more shameless manner than this’’, he said. Asserting that he had high regards for Dr Manmohan Singh when he was not the Prime Minister, Mr Advani said he never expected that Dr Singh would commit such an act. Describing former BJP MPs, who were bailed out by the court today, as whistle blowers, the BJP leader pointed out that in all countries there was a rule to protect whistle blowers. He recalled that he had said in Parliament that the BJP MPs had taken the lid out of the cash-for-vote scam with his consent and was ready to go to the jail in their place. Noting that corruption was leading to inflation in the country, Mr Advani quoted the assessment of Global Financial Integrity organisation that there were ' 25 lakh crore of Indians stashed in Swiss and other banks of the foreign countries. 'If ' 25 lakh crore worth black money is brought back to the country, India will witness a revolution in development with no villages remaining without power or water, there will be schools in every village and rural areas will prosper’’, he said. He also referred to ' 1,76,000 crore worth loss caused in 2G spectrum scam in the country. Mr Advani said he had taken out six ‘rath yatras’ in his political career but never got such a massive response, which his present ‘Jan Chetna Yatra’ was getting. He added that even in Tamil Nadu where the BJP has no MP or MLA, there was massive response to the yatra. The BJP leader recalled his association with Jan Sangh and Praja Parishad in Jammu from fifties. He said he was missing former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in his yatra though he had taken his blessings before embarking upon 40 days yatra. He also made a strong mention of his association with Pt Prem Nath Dogra.