Ram Madhav in Jammu today; discussed strategy for upcoming by-elections

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Afspa in J-K not out of fun, but is a necessity, says BJP’s Ram Madhav

Jammu — Ram Madhav, National Secretary of BJP was in Jammu today to hold talks with the partner-in-rule PDP to discuss the strategy of the upcoming by-election to be held in April. The decision after holding talks might from shape by Sunday (19th March).

Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav said on Saturday Armed Forces Special Powers Act (Afspa) was not in place in Jammu and Kashmir and some parts of the northeast “out of fun”, days after J-K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti demanded the withdrawal of the controversial law from “some areas”.

Ahead of the April bypolls for two Lok Sabha seats in the state, Mufti pitched for the revocation of Afspa, saying she required a “window of peace” for ensuring good governance to “shrink the space” occupied by militants during a seminar in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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“They are there because there is some necessity for such laws. When such necessity ceases by the efforts of the state governments, such laws shall also cease automatically. The state governments, therefore, should create such conditions that these laws should go (away),” Madhav, who had re-stitched PDP-BJP alliance after the death of the then chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, told reporters.

On a recent statement by CM Mehbooba Mufti who had suggested to reconsider AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir, Ram Madhav replied, “Laws such as AFSPA are not enforced casually, but only the necessity demands its presence.” He added, “When circumstances are suitable, these laws are naturally dissolved in the affected regions.”

Commenting upon the upcoming elections for the vacant parliamentary seats of Srinagar and Anantnag, Ram Madhav said, “BJP and PDP are holding talks for the upcoming by-elections. Eventually, we’ll come to a decision by Sunday.” He appealed the citizens of Kashmir to come out in significant numbers to cast their vote.

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