Govt preparing action plan to tackle situation in J&K: Rajnath

Report by: 
Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay
Kolkata
14 Apr 2017

The Union government has prepared an action plan to tackle the situation in Jammu and Kashmir which has witnessed a major deterioration in the law and order situation in recent times.

This was today revealed by Union home minister Rajnath Singh who came to Kolkata to have interaction with party leaders and workers with a view to invigorating them for the party's efforts to capture power in the state. The party meetings and workshops that he addressed took place at Alipore which is adjacent to Bhowanipore, chief minister Mamata Banerjee's constituency. ``The situation (at J&K) is a matter of grave concern. We will do something....we are thinking about it...in fact we have decided (to do something),'' Singh said in response to a question regarding the voter turn-out of only two per cent on Thursday at the parliamentary by-election at Srinagar and also the grave law and order situation in the Valley.

The home minister was also in praise of security forces working to protect life and property of the people there. Referring to the video in which a CRPF Jawan was heckled and abused by a mob at Srinagar Singh said that an FIR had been filed and an investigation has been ordered by the state government. ``The security forces in the Kashmir valley have given their lives to protect the life and property of the people. Nothing should be done to demean their role" Singh said. Regarding the death sentence awarded to Indian Navy official Kulbhushan Yadav by a Pakistani military court Singh said that India would go to any length to save its citizen.  In response to a question on whether any action was going to be taken against Yogesh Varshney, the BJP Yuba Morcha leader of Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh for declaring a bounty of Rs 11 lakh for the head of West Bengal chief minister, Singh said: “Whatever information I have received Varshney is not even a district level  leader and action should be taken against him. I strongly condemn the statement made by him.” 

Asked to comment on remark by BJP observer for West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya that the state's law and order situation required Center’s intervention, Singh said that law and order was entirely a state subject and he could not do anything about it. “Law and order is a state subject and it is the duty of the state government to handle it. What the Central government can do is to provide all help when that is requested for,'' Singh said. When asked about the RSS resolution at Coimbatore on alleged increasing Jihadi activities in West Bengal, the minister said: “Here are so many things that I as Union home minister cannot make a comment.”Although Singh did not want to divulge the BJP’s plan to expand their base in West Bengal, he said: “We will have a BJP government next time in West Bengal.” During his interaction with party cadres, Singh gave a strong message to them saying they should go from house to house to strengthen their base in the state.
Swapan Mondal, a BJP worker said:” We have been told by Singh to work hard and strengthen our base in state".