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Communal overtones of PAGD leadership bad omen for democracy in J&K: Rana

Post by on Saturday, April 30, 2022

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Jammu, April 29: Assailing the demands of holding dialogue with Pakistan, senior BJP leader Devender Singh Rana Friday asked the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) leadership to restrain from overstepping into a domain which is purely a central subject.
Reacting to the, what he called, “unsolicited and uncalled for advice” of former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti over the need for India-Pakistan talks for restoring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, he said “talks and terror cannot go together.”
“How can our country engage in a dialogue with a rogue country,” Rana said while referring to the admission of the former Chief Minister herself that Pakistan is a “failed country, responsible for sponsoring terrorism in Kashmir.” 
The PAGD leaders must shun double standards and call spade a spade, whether in the government or outside it, he said. 
Rana took strong exception to Mufti’s assertion about the Kashmir issue being on the agenda of the United Nations.
DevenderRana regretted the desperate attempts of the PAGD leadership to indulge in “soft separatism” and behave like a fringe to promote communalism. 
Linking basic utilities like power and drinking water with imaginary fear of a particular community being targeted deliberately is all time low and unhealthy for democratic evolution in this part of the country. It is all the more sad when those having held constitutional positions play to galleries to create a narrative, impregnated with communal overtones, he added.

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