NIT unrest: JKNPP holds 'Adhikaar Rally' seeking 'justice for Jammu'
Demanding the quashing of FIR against non-local students of NIT, Singh said that by taking action against students who hoisted the national flag, the BJP-PDP government has 'exposed its anti-national stand'.
Jammu: Attacking BJP, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Monday, accused the party of forsaking "nationalistic agenda" and held a rally demanding "justice for Jammu".
"There is discrimination against Jammu at all fronts. Since BJP came to power in alliance with PDP, it has forsaken its so-called nationalistic agenda and surrendered all issues of Jammu region it once championed," JKNPP Chairman Harsh Dev Singh alleged.
Demanding the quashing of FIR against non-local students of NIT, Singh said that by taking action against students who hoisted the national flag, the BJP-PDP government has "exposed its anti-national stand".
"It is highly shameful that the students who hoisted the national flag in NIT campus were beaten to pulp by police, and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh of BJP justified it by saying it was a mild lathicharge," he alleged.
Raising slogans like 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and 'Tirangay ka apman nai sahega Hindustan' (India will not tolerate the insult of national flag), JKNPP activists held the rally that started from Panjtirthi and culminated at Gandhi Nagar in Jammu city.
Hitting out at BJP for forging alliance with PDP, Singh said, "BJP should come clean on what concessions its national leaders have offered to PDP for coming together after a stalemate of almost three months."
"BJP, which fought the polls on the plank of giving the state a Hindu Chief Minister, abrogation of Article 370 and more powers to the armed forces fighting terrorism, joined hands with a party which is against all this," Singh claimed.
India's strong response came after Islamabad's envoy to the UN raked up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and spoke about the late pro-Pakistan leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in his remarks to the General Assembly
The Congress leader has made trips to Gujarat's Akshardham temple and the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain in the past
The injured persons have been rushed to a hospital while security forces have cordoned off the area, the officials added.