Rajnath holds high-level meet; BJP calls move as in ‘national interest’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Jun 2018 08:32:34



FOLLOWING the BJP’s decision to pull out from the PDP-led Government in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a high-level meeting at his residence with Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, and senior officials of the Intelligence Bureau and his ministry to assess the ground situation in the sensitive State. The State BJP said that the decision is a well-thought one as continuation of the alliance would have been against national interest.

Chief spokesperson of J&K BJP Sunil Sethi said the insistence of the PDP for extension of the period of suspension of operations and soft approach towards militants, Pakistan and separatists were hurting the nationalistic sentiments not only in Jammu and Kashmir but across the country. “It is well thought decision in the given circumstances as continuation of the alliance would have been against national interest,” he told reporters here.

Sethi said, the BJP has proved to one and all that for it staying in power is not significant when it comes to national interest.

The party has always maintained the policy of ‘nation first’. Mehbooba’s party had underestimated the resolve of the BJP thinking that PDP will always have its ways in all matters. A message has been sent to it and all forces inimical to national interest that there is strong resolve of the nation to stay together and be ready for any sacrifice, Sethi said.

According to him, now is the time for an all-out war against militants and give them no place to hide and run. The BJP joined the Government with a firm belief that the coalition will work for the people and provide honest and responsive Government.

It was unfortunate that our partner was always against taking strong measures. Expecting that India would bow to have dialogue with separatists or Pakistan and its armed stooges is indicative that PDP was living in a fool’s paradise, he claimed.