BJP president Amit Shah, during his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after the formation of BJP-PDP coalition government in 2015, asked his party’s ministers to visit the Valley, an Indian Express report said. He asked them to meet “common masses” and expand the base of the party there. Speaking about the BJP president’s directive, party’s Nowshera MLA Ravinder Raina citing Shah’s address to party leaders and workers at the Convention Centre said the chief “has asked state ministers of the party not to remain confined only to their assembly constituencies, but also visit Kashmir’s remote areas, address problems facing by common masses. He has assigned duties to party ministers in this regard’’.
Amit Shah’s trip in the state had come close on the heels of growing differences within the ruling coalition after the defeat of a PDP candidate for a seat in the state legislative council recently. The party leaders, however, described the party president’s visit as the start of his nationwide tour spanning three months.
They further said that during the meeting on Saturday, Amit Shah also responded to some party leaders’ concern on the situation in the Valley. During the meeting, the party chief had said that priority of both the Centre and state government is to restore peace and normalcy in the state.
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As per Raina, the BJP chief also pointed out that Kashmir is an integral part of the country and people of the Valley are Indian nationals.
Speaking about Amit Shah’s address during his two-day visit to the state, Raina also quoted him as saying that for BJP, the nation always comes first. The party chief had also said that BJP’s base is required to be broadened and people are informed of the Centre’s welfare schemes so that they can take advantage of them.