‘All not well’ in BJP in Kashmir

Srinagar: All seems not well within the Bharatiya Janta Party in Kashmir, sources said. On Wednesday, a group of party leaders including office bearers, panchayat members, district presidents met in a Srinagar hotel to discuss issues related to the party in the valley.

Sources said the party leaders who attended the meeting were angry with the top leadership for “ignoring” them. During the meeting, many leaders said that party leadership was not listening to their issues which they were facing at local levels. “ Instead they are ignoring us,” a party leader said, wishing not to be named. “ We have been with the party for several years. When the situation was adverse we remained with the party like a rock and now we are dejected with the leadership.”

The leaders and workers decided to meet the BJP president J P Nadda to discuss their issues with him. BJP vice president and former legislator, Sufi Yusuf and J&K spokesman Altaf Thakur were part of the meeting. Thakur did not respond to calls. Meanwhile, BJP J&K president Ravinder Raina arrived in Srinagar on Wednesday and is likely to look into the issues being raised by the party leaders. Recently BJP leadership had to cut a sorry figure when a senior party leader, who is incharge of party affairs of north Kashmir, wrote a letter to Union home minister Amit Shah seeking transfer of senior superintendents of police (SSPs) of Baramulla and Sopore for allegedly targeting the party leaders. The BJP, however, distanced itself from the letter written by the senior leader.