SYED AMJAD SHAHJammu, March 13:
BJP state president Sat Sharma and senior leader Ashok Koul flew to New Delhi after growing resentment by the people to seek district status for Nowshera. A PDP MLC has already resigned over the issue.
The BJP leaders are apprehending the protests in support of district may spread to areas like Akhnoor, RS Pura, Bani, Basohli and in the event of that the right-wing party will facing serious problems politically.
Koul however told Rising Kashmir that, “We have come for routine party meeting in New Delhi.”
Sources told Rising Kashmir that the two leaders were called to New Delhi for a meeting after the growing resentment in Nowshera-Sunderbani-Kalakote against the ruling rightwing party. “They have gone to New Delhi to seek district status for Nowshera. We have apprehensions that these protests in support of district may spread to other areas like Akhnoor, RS Pura, Bani, Basohli and other areas. If it happens, BJP will be facing serious problem politically. We don’t want it to happen,” said a senior BJP leader.
From Kalakote, BJP has a Minister of State and in Nowshera they are represented by MLA Ravinder Raina, while PDP is represented by MLC Surinder Choudhary from Nowshera.
When the government’s decision to give two Additional Deputy Commissioners (ADCs) to Nowshera-Sunderbani-Kalakote failed to convince the protesters, PDP Nowshera MLC Surinder Choudhary resigned to gain political ground.
Following his resignation, political war started and during one such protest both BJP and PDP workers clashed in which two BJP leaders suffered injuries two days back. They were rushed to GMC Jammu Hospital for specialized treatment.
The BJP has been facing criticism from the protesting people who have shut their business establishment for nearly a month and continued their protest seeking district status for Nowshera.
Even as the BJP Minister Bali Bhagat in a press statement disclosed that two rotational Additional Deputy Commissioners will look after Kalakote, Sunderbani and Nowshera tehsils in a bid to tackle the protests, but the agitation did not die down.
The locals have continued their protests despite the fact the continuous bandh have paralyzed the normal life, while the MLA Nowshera Ravinder Raina who is from BJP has been facing anger of the people for failing to get district status for Nowshera.
On Tuesday the protests intensified when National Conference also joined the ongoing agitation in Kalakote under the leadership of Rashpal Sharma.