‘Agenda of alliance’ in question after BJP Minister’s remark

As Kashmir is witnessing unprecedented violence and regular protests led by civilians, differences of opinions have also emerged in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, say reports. Reports suggest that while the PDP wants to take a ‘soft stand’ on local protesters, especially the stone pelters, the BJP favours a tough stand against anyone who speaks against the Indian government.

 

Chander Parkash Ganga says “Stone pelters deserve to be shot”

Recently, Chander Parkash Ganga, minister for Industries & Commerce, called stone pelters “deshdrohi” (traitors). He added that stone pelters deserved to be shot or beaten as those who do not listen deserve to be kicked. “Aap ne ek video jo viral hua hai dekha, kaise Hindustan Murdabad bol rahe hain. Wahi log hain na jo patthar marte hain. Inka ilaj jahi ek joota hai. Yeh jo inko pyaar kartey hain, unko pappian lene ki zaroorat nahin hai. Deshdrohi hain aur deshdrohi ka ek hi ilaj hai, woh chahe Pakistan se aaya ho ya desh ke andhar ho. Uska ilaj hai goli. Aur agar goli na ho to kam se kam usko aisi sazaa deni chahiye, jaise usko dande maare thhay. Aisa hi inka ilaj chahiye. Dobara koi patthar maar jaye to aap baat karna… Kis tarah ki azadi chahiye inko, aap bataiye mujhe,” Ganga said at a public function in Ramgarh town, along the international border in Samba district on Sunday.

 

(“You saw a video that has gone viral, how Hindustan Murdabad was being raised. These are the same people who hurl stones. They deserve to be beaten with shoes. Those who love them don’t have to kiss them. They are traitors and there’s only one cure, whether these traitors are from Pakistan or within the country. They deserve to be shot. If not bullets, at least punish them like the way there beaten. They deserve this treatment. If anybody throws a stone again, talk to me… what kind of independence do they want, tell me.”)

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