Union minister Jitendra Singh today said the worsening security situation in Kashimir Valley would be “controlled” soon as the Centre accorded top priority to ensuring peace in the state. “The government has taken cognisance of the situation and I am sure that the Centre in collaboration with the state administration would soon come to grips with it,” Singh, who is the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), said. About the students, especially girls, bunking schools and colleges and resorting to stone-pelting on security forces, he said, “I think very soon we will get over it.”
He declined to comment on the central government’s refusal to hold talks with separatists in the valley. However, he said, “We have a mechanism that has been put in place. The Union Home Ministry and the respective agencies are there that take into account all the aspects of the situation and accordingly take a decision. So it is better for us not to comment on such issues.” The Union minister was talking to reporters after the launch of Nanaji Deshmukh library and e-library by BJP national president Amit Shah at the BJP headquarters here today.
He also took a dig at National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah and said he is a man who changes his statements day and night. “The meanings of his statements change from Srinagar to Jammu and in Delhi,” he said. “We should refrain from making comments that demoralise security forces as we are indebted to them for safety and security of the country,” Singh said. “We should refrain from selective condemnation of violence. A killing is a killing and if a soldier gets killed, it is the biggest martyrdom for which the nation shall always remain indebted to the sacrifice of that soldier — whether he is killed in an encounter with terrorists in Kashmir Valley or with the Naxals,” he said.
On the two-day programme of BJP chief here, the Union Minister said Shah had come to Jammu and Kashmir to “guide” us about the party strategies and its working. “It was an honour for us that he has come on a maiden visit to the state after the formation of the government. He reviewed the working of the party and various departments of BJP”, he said. “Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir as a part of 95 days country-wide Vistar Yatra justifies that how much Jammu and Kashmir is important to the BJP party and the Narendra Modi government”, Singh said.
Asked whether talks were held on Kashmir issue and the situation there, he said that all issues were discussed. To a question about BJP chief’s directive to the party ministers and the leadership to reach out to the people in the state, he replied, “Shah wants the normalcy to return. He is keen that the peace should be restored in the state so that he becomes part of the development journey led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”