Jammu: A day of sadness has begun as the BJP and its allies in the Jammu region blamed Jammu-based terrorists for the violence that erupted on Wednesday in the state.
The Jammuites had taken to the streets to protest against alleged government inaction on the issue of communal violence, and the BJP accused the JKLF of having “sabotaged the life of the J&K people”.
“It is a day of shame for us, because this is not a day to celebrate,” BJP MP from the region, Rajeev Chand, said after a joint meeting of the party’s executive committee (EEC) and state BJP chief Kishore Bishnoi.
Chand said that the party would “continue to work for peace” in Jammu.
The BJP has been trying to make inroads in the Kashmir Valley after the JKS government decided to impose a “zero tolerance” policy against violence in the Valley, saying the policy had to be enforced.
The party has also been accused of being “anti-Jammu” after its chief minister, Jyoti Basu, said he was resigning as soon as the JKC government announced its decision to withdraw the JSF forces from Jammu following the communal violence in June.
The violence that killed more than 20 people in the State capital of Srinagar in June saw over 400 people killed, the largest number of killings in the city in the past two years.
The EEC meeting took place ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls, which are expected to be the most important battleground in the coming months.
The meeting saw the party leaders, including Chand, Bishnosi, Jangiraj Yadav, Shabnam Singh and Manish Pandey, discuss the developments in the region and how the JLA-BJP alliance is working to ensure that the situation in the valley is resolved.
“This is the third time we have met together,” Bish noi told reporters.
“We have made clear to the leaders that the JUPA government is committed to solving the problems in the area,” he said.
“The JKLM is committed and ready to solve the issues in the same manner.
The problem of communal tension is not confined to Jammu…
It is affecting the entire State and there is no doubt that it will affect the people of the region,” Bimal Chand, the state BJP’s general secretary, told reporters after the meeting.
“It has to be resolved by all parties and it is going to be a difficult task,” Chand added.