Taking a strong exception to the remarks made by BJP president Amit Shah and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, CPI (M) senior leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has said that such statements are totally indefensible and reflect the hegemonic mindset of a section in power in New Delhi who are hell-bent to vitiate the atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir.
While referring to the remarks made by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the strategy of eliminating militants in the State, Tarigami said that Kashmir is yet to come to terms after an era of unease, tension and a general sense of insecurity. “In such a situation, the defence minister needs to explain the contours of his remarks and elaborate the context in which he has made this loaded statement,” Tarigami demanded.
The CPI (M ) leader observed that Parrikar’s statement is a shocking call to act outside the law and in fact suggests patronizing ‘state sponsored’ terrorism. “It does damage the country’s interests as a whole. The Prime Minister should make amends through a public correction of this statement,” he demanded.
Tarigami also flayed BJP president Amit Shah’s remarks on Article 370 saying that the Article 370 is non-negotiable and irrevocable. “Article 370 is not only non-negotiable and irrevocable but those talking about its abrogation are ignorant about the constitutional position and are bluffing people of the country,” Tarigami observed.
Accusing it of nurturing ill intentions about Jammu and Kashmir, the CPI (M) senior leader said that it seems BJP on the behest of Hindu zealot organization RSS is mulling to trifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He vehemently criticized BJP for raking up the controversial issue of article 370 and reiterated that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh have remained a plural society and it cannot allow any nefarious designs aimed at disintegration of the state to succeed.