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

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

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

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