SRINAGAR: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh backed Muslim Rashtriya Manch, celebrated anniversary of Quit India movement in border town of Kupwara in north Kashmir last week, asking Pakistan to vacate the parts of J&K under its control and urging government of India to start a dialogue with militant organizations instead of Hurriyat leadership.
The MRM demanded that government of India and state government should fill the vacant seats in J&K Assembly slotted for the legislatures from the areas under Pakistan either by conducting elections there or nominating members, who are the residents of those areas. More than 300 people, MRM says, attended the function in town hall Kupwara on August 9, the anniversary of Quit India Movement that started on August 9, 1942.
This is a first big function of MRM in Kashmir after five month long civilian protests in 2016.
The MRM, floated in 2002 and is active in J&K since its inception, has also planned nationwide protests on August 14–Independence Day of Pakistan– when party’s activists will hold demonstrations at New Delhi and state capitals all over the country to build pressure on Pakistan to vacate Muzaffarabad, Gilgit Baltistan and others areas of J&K. Senior RSS functionary and one of its its key decision makers, Indresh kumar is the patron of MRM.
“Our foreign minister has said that residents of that side of Kashmir are all citizens of India and they can come here anytime. Let them nominate members who have migrated from PoK if they cannot conduct elections and fill these seats,” National Convener of MRM, Muhammad Afzal, who addressed the gathering at Kupwara told ET. In J&K assembly 24 seats are reserved for areas under Pakistan and currently elections are conducted for only 87 seats across the state.
The MRM, which according to its state leader Nazir Ahmad Mir, claims has around 60,000 registered members across J&K and has opened offices in all 20 districts of the state. MRM’s social work has managed to familiarize Sangh Parivar at the grass root levels in the state and they plan to organize a ‘big program’ in Srinagar soon.
For J&K, Afzal said ‘development and employment’ is the only way forward but alleged that local pro-India politicians have exploited people and pocketed huge money coming in from New Delhi.