Vested In­ter­ests Be­hind J&K Ag­i­ta­tion to Desta­bilise PDP-BJP Govt: MoS PMO

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Jammu & Kash­mir has been on the boil in re­cent times with vi­o­lence erupt­ing in Hand­wara and on the NIT cam­pus in Sri­na­gar. In an in­ter­view with Aman Sharma, MoS PMO and Udhampur MP Ji­ten­dra Singh points to a con­spir­acy by vested in­ter­ests be­hind the re­cent trou­bles in J&K to desta­bilise the newly-formed PDP-BJP govern­ment and terms lathi-charge on NIT stu­dents as wrongs. Ex­cerpts:

The Prime Min­is­ter in J&K asked for bridg­ing the gap be­tween Jammu & Sri­na­gar as per Mufti Mohd Say­eed’s vi­sion. What is the way for­ward to do that? The PM right from day one has given very high pri­or­ity to J&K, which he be­lieves should come at par with rest of the states in de­vel­op­ment. He has made mul­ti­ple vis­its there — it shows the level of sen­si­tiv­ity he ac­cords to J&K. It is our de­sire also of us MPs that as the en­tire country is mov­ing for­ward on a jour­ney of de­vel­op­ment at a rapid pace un­der Modi, J&K should not re­main de­prived of it.

But how to avoid in­ci­dents like in Hand­wara? 5 civil­ians have died. It has to be more of mu­tual trust and we have to guard against those who are mo­ti­vated to cre­ate con­flict sit­u­a­tion through ru­mour mon­ger­ing or mis­chief. There are some vested in­ter­ests which are not com­fort­able with nor­malcy be­ing re­stored in J&K and there are also vested in­ter­ests which may like to desta­bilise a coali­tion govern­ment which has come into be­ing with due man­date from peo­ple and is com­pris­ing of the two po­lit­i­cal par­ties which had the largest man­date. There­fore, we have to ed­u­cate peo­ple not to get car­ried away by ro­mour mon­gers, mis­chief mak­ers and vested in­ter­ests. There have been in­stances where it was no­ticed that vested in­ter­ests have been at play in the Val­ley.

HAND­WARA IN­CI­DENT

The other in­ci­dent that rocked the newly-formed J&K govern­ment was in the NIT Sri­na­gar. Could the state govern­ment have han­dled the NIT is­sue bet­ter? I would not like to com­ment on the state govern­ment but cer­tainly, in­di­vid­u­ally, I am against the use of force against stu­dents which I be­lieve should be the last re­sort and cer­tain- ly not an op­tion where the stu­dents are on a peace­ful protest. There­fore, I be­lieve that the use of force could have been avoided. But now what­ever hap­pened, af­ter that, we have man­aged to en­gage stu­dents and tried to ad­dress their grievances and ap­pre­hen­sions to a great ex­tent. At the end of the day - I have also sat down with th­ese stu­dents – it is im­por­tant to en­sure that they should feel men­tally and phys­i­cally se­cure in the cam­pus so that they can con­cen­trate on their stud­ies. Also, their aca­demic ca­reer should not suf­fer ad­versely due to the turn of events.

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