Rajouri, Jan 29: Senior BJP leader Devender Singh Rana today held Nehru-Sheikh bonhomie responsible for segregating the families along the Line of Control ( LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir by enforcing ceasefire on January 1, 1949 when Indian Armed Forces were fast advancing towards Mirpur and Muzaffarabad in Pak occupied Kashmir.
According to a press release, he was speaking at Shakti Vandan Workshop at the party Headquarters in Rajouri this afternoon. Rana said the objective behind illogical ceasefire amid India -Pakistan conflict during those most testing times by Prime Minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru was solely to safeguard the political interests of the National Conference.
He said, “The ceasefire decision driven by emotions and personal bonhomie cost the nation in general and the Rajouri-Poonch belt in particular the most. While the country has been paying hugely for the Nehruvian blunders for the past 75 years in terms of three wars and a proxy war, the people on both sides of the LoC are also facing perpetual divide due to inflated ego of a single person. More importantly the move was to keep the people of this region away from any role in decision making and governance.”
The senior BJP leader said the united Jammu and Kashmir would have placed the Rajouri-Poonch belt and similarly placed areas at the centre- stage of the then state’s politics, ending the bonhomie of the elite, who continue to believe political power as their birth right. This self-centric elite class did no good to the people but remained confined to myopic politics as a result of which the entire population suffered, he added.
Rana stated that the matter did not end there but the National Conference and the Congress with their political off-shoots like PDP are continuing to create wedge between different regions for their sinister political interests. While the BJP endeavoured to satiate the aspirations of all these segments without jeopardising the interests of others, they tried to create fissures in a desperate bid to put one brother against the other. He cautioned against the machinations of these political chameleons, who have nothing dear than their personal interests. He also referred to the obstacles created by the so-called mainstream political parties in the implementation of Forest Rights Act, saying they remain always on toes to oppose any and every initiative aimed at empowering the people as per the BJP’s cherished agenda of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas.