J&K BJP chief asks Hizb chief to return home, contest polls
Ravinder Raina has also urged young militants from Kashmir to shun weapons and join mainstream
JAMMU: Newly appointed Jammu and Kashmir BJP chief Ravinder Raina on Thursday asked Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin to shun gun culture and return home in the state to join the mainstream and contest elections.
In his first statement after taking over as the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief, the 40-year-old also asked young militants from Kashmir to shun weapons and join the mainstream.
“I ask Syed Salahuddin, why you moving from pillar to the post in Pakistan and foreign countries. Return to your home and join the mainstream,” he told mediapersons at a welcome rally organised on his return from New Delhi.
“If you (Salahuddin) claim to be the leader of Jammu and Kashmir, return and contest elections in the state through democratic process and prove it,” Raina said.
Raina also said that the unilateral ceasefire announced by the Centre during the month of Ramzan didn’t give any licence to terrorists to attack security forces. “Army will not initiate fire but if a single bullet is fired by the terrorists, they won’t be spared,” he said.
“Unilateral ceasefire doesn’t mean that we would remain spectators to their bullets. It will not happen. The army will not initiate fire but if terrorists do, they will face the music,” he added.
‘BJP WILL FORM NEXT GOVT IN J&K’
Raina also said that the next government in J&K will be of BJP and the CM will also be from the BJP.
“A time will come when the BJP will have its government in Jammu and Kashmir and the CM will also be from the BJP. We will make it happen.bjp from Lal Chowk (in Srinagar) to Lal Qila (in Delhi),” he said.
Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin