STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: BJP State Spokesperson, Brig Anil Gupta said that ongoing feud in Congress over the statement made by Vikramaditya Singh, Congress candidate who contested recently held Lok Sabha elections from Doda-Udhampur Parliamentary Constituency, has exposed the radical face of Congress like other Kashmir-centric parties. “While the party condemns the language used by Jammu based Congress leader, it supports the sentiments behind the same. The verbal onslaught unleashed by G M Saroori and Saif-ud-Din Soz on the new recruit in the party, who dared to defy Kashmiri-narrative of the happenings of the gory day of July 13, 1931, clearly shows mind- set of Congress leaders, which is nothing less than exclusive and radical,” accused Brig Gupta, in a statement issued here on Friday. “Soz has gone to the extent of calling Vikramaditya ‘a sick mind’, just because he chose to speak truth and challenge the manufactured narrative of Kashmiri-victimhood blaming the then ‘Maharaja’ of atrocities. The fact is that on 13 July 1931, Kashmir saw a well-planned revolt (backed by Anglo-Muslim alliance) against Dogra ruler and onset of radical and communal politics aimed against minority Hindus. The British had recruited Abdul Qadir, an outsider along with a local leader, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah for the purpose,” stated Brig Gupta. “Soz terms all those, who attacked Policemen and attempted a jailbreak by storming it as ‘innocent Kashmiris’ much like those who till recently were pelting stones on security forces, and Kashmiri leaders hailed them as ‘misguided, innocent boys’. He further blamed Dogra Army for massacring innocent Kashmiris, a narrative, completely spin doctored, to create communal hatred,” alleged Brig Gupta. “The fact is that unruly mob that attempted to storm the jail, where Abdul Qadir was undergoing trial for treason, when asked to stop, did not do so forcing the commander on spot to order opening of fire, a lawful command. Abdul Qadir had earlier instigated local Kashmiris to revolt against Hindu Dogra Ruler, who had on ascending the throne in 1925 proclaimed that ‘Justice is my religion’ and did not discriminate between his Hindu and Muslim subjects. Abdul Qadir had incited communal violence by saying that holy Quran forbade Muslims to subject themselves to an infidel Hindu ruler,” said Brig Gupta. “How can rioters be commemorated as ‘martyrs’, questioned Brig Gupta. What about those Hindus who were killed on the same day during subsequent communal clashes? Aren’t their lives equally valuable? The fact that Congress supports this spun narrative clearly exposes partisan and communal mind-set of the party,” asserted Brig Gupta. What Soz terms as RSS ideology is in fact the communal ideology of Congress, rued Gupta. “The stand taken by Kashmiri leaders, including those of other Kashmir-centric parties, also exposes their intolerance for their counterparts in Jammu. Used to complete Kashmiri dominance, they are in no mood to yield space to Jammu based leaders,” rued Brig Anil Gupta.
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