No Harm In Reorganisation Of Jammu And Kashmir: BJP

4 October 2015
The Hindustan Times
Vikram Sharma

Jammu: BJP leader and Nowshera MLA Ravinder Raina on Sunday said the party will support the Rashtriya Sawayam Sevaksangh (RSS)'s Kurukshetra resolution on trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir if the Hindu right-wing group chose to invoke it. Raina made the comments days after senior BJP leader and former political advisor to the party's state president Hari Om appealed to RSS to invoke the June 30, 2002, resolution, saying most of the Kashmiri leaders were 'rabidly anti-Jammu and anti-Ladakh' and protagonists of limited or no accession of J&K with India. 'It is not our prerogative to take any call on the issue, but if the RSS high command and its senior leaders feel it necessary to invoke the resolution, we will oblige with full support,' said Raina, a former RSS pracharak himself. 'If other states are batting for reorganisation, what harm is there for the reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir,' Raina added. Referring to an earlier occasion where RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had said that resolution on J&K 'is still in my pocket', Raina said that if need arose, RSS could take the decision for the betterment of the state. He, however, clarified that in 2002, the situation was 'highly diabolic' as Kashmir-centric leaders of the state and centre had fallen to the machinations of the ideology of terrorism. 'Everybody was only focusing on Kashmir then. The RSS national executive had adopted a resolution at Kurukshetra, rejecting the autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir and favouring holding of assembly elections under President's rule, besides abrogation of Article 370,' Raina added. The RSS resolution had taken note of the 'blatantly discriminatory attitude' of the National Conference government towards Jammu and Ladakh regions of the state.