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J&K statehood seems unlikely till BJP govt to centre: G A Mir

By: Sheikh Danish

Srinagar, Feb 18: J&K Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir Thursday criticized  the BJP-led government at the Centre for issuing ‘ambiguous statements over restoration of statehood to J&K’, stating he was of the belief that “no statehood will be restored till BJP regime is there.”

“I have keenly heard the statement of Amit Shah in the Parliament. He asked people to have patience and that statehood shall be restored to J&K at an appropriate time. What does that mean? That statement is totally ambiguous,” Mir told reporters in Srinagar.

“I don’t think statehood will be restored to J&K till BJP government is at the Centre, let alone article 370 and 35 A”, he added.

Mir slammed Centre for skyrocketing prices of petrol and diesel, stating that “if rates are around 54 dollars per barrel, petrol per liter should have been at the rate of Rs 60 in J&K, but here petrol per litre is at Rs 90, which is injustice with the people. The Government of India wants to push people of J&K economically backward even further,” he said.

On the visiting foreign envoys, the PCC chief said it was a “stage-managed show” organized by the Centre.

“The EU members didn’t meet any designated member from Congress and National Conference as projected by the media. They met those who speak BJP language and praise BJP,” he said, adding “why EU delegations aren’t sent to rape capital of India which is Uttar Pradesh, why Kashmir only. Why PM Narendera Modi-led government is itself internationalizing Kashmir issue by sending foreign envoys to Kashmir?”, he asked. —(KNO)

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