Jammu, Sep 26: The
BJP on Thursday hit out at senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for his
remarks that democracy does not exist in Jammu and Kashmir, saying he is
Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday had said there is no democracy
in Jammu and Kashmir and people are living in fear after the Centre scrapped
the state’s special status on August 5.
“Ghulam Nabi Azad is mentally bankrupt who says there
is no more democracy in J and K after the abrogation of Article 370 and the
reorganisation of the state,” senior state BJP leader and MLC Ramesh Arora
told reporters here.
He said Ghulam Nabi Azad should respect the majority’s
decision that supported the revoking of Jammu and Kashmir”s special status and
the bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories.
“In fact, Ghulam Nabi Azad is speaking such words which
kill the basic spirit of democracy. Pakistan is projecting this viewpoint at
the international level as it suits them,” Arora said.
The Congress leadership has “failed” to understand
the gravity of the situation, the BJP leader added.
“Ghulam Nabi Azad should explain why the Kashmir issue
was taken to the UN by former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and why his party
did not have the courage to solve the internal issue itself,” he said.
“Ghulam Nabi Azad should explain why democracy was
killed in 1975 when Sheikh Abdullah was installed as chief minister of J and K
when the Congress headed by Syed Mir Qasim was in power. It was the murder of
democracy,” Arora said.
He also charged Ghulam Nabi Azad over the imposition of
Emergency in 1975 by the Congress government at the Centre.
Arora said the BJP government has taken a decision to
“correct the blunders committed by the Congress leadership from time to
time”. “Abrogation of Article 370 was welcomed in the country,”
Ghulam Nabi Azad, while talking to the media as he concluded
his six-day tour of the state on Wednesday, had said, “Democracy is
nowhere in the state after the change in its status. It has vanished from the
“There is a disappointment in Kashmir and the despair
is also prevalent among the people in Jammu province. Except for 100 or 200
people of the ruling party (BJP), nobody is happy (over the abrogation of
Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories),” the
former chief minister had told reporters before leaving for Delhi.
Ghulam Nabi Azad had on Tuesday arrived in Jammu from
He had reached the state’s summer capital on Friday on his
maiden visit to the Valley after the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special