After Kashmiri Pandits and Sikhs were targeted by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, Shiv Sena launched a scathing attack on the BJP, saying the saffron party has failed to protect the minorities in the UT. In its mouthpiece Saamana, Shiv Sena targeted the BJP, saying its party workers and spokespersons are visible everywhere but not in Jammu and Kashmir. With Kashmir once again on the verge of violence, the Shiv Sena said the central government claimed that demonetisation would stop terrorism but it did not. It further questioned the abrogation of Article 370, saying it did not stop the violence in the Valley and minimize the casualties.
The BJP created a big uproar over the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley but they are on the run after the terror attacks escalated. The Shiv Sena also cited the controversial statement made by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in which he had asked party supporters to “raise sticks” against farmers. Khattar himself had said that local BJP workers should form ‘Danda Force’ in every district to teach a lesson to the agitating farmers. Use this force against terrorists in Kashmir, not against the poor and farmers of the country.
On Friday, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) also expressed concern over the recent killings of civilians in Kashmir and asked the central government to teach a lesson to Pakistan to curb “jihadi” terrorism. It urged the government to promote resettlement of Hindus in Kashmir, saying that only their free movement and resettlement in the Valley can put an end to terrorism. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha are likely to discuss the issue today.