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Two more BJP workers from central Kashmir resign citing ‘personal reasons’

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Srinagar: As Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) members from Kashmir continue to send their resignations to their party heads, two more workers from central Kashmir have resigned citing personal reasons on Thursday.

One among the workers was Panchayat representative from Budgam and another was associated as a party member.

These two persons identified as Imtiyaz Ahmed Lone, son of Ghulam Muhammad, a resident of Nowpora Srinagar and Ghulam Rasool Sheikh, son of Ghulam Muhammad, a resident of Fakeer Chek, Harda Panzu Khansahab area of Budgam, have disassociated themselves from the party today, after uploading their resignation letters on social media sites.

Alongside their resignations, both the members uploaded their photographs attached on the letters.

On the morning of August 9, following the attack on BJP District President Budgam, Abdul Hamid Najar, in Budgam, five party workers from the same district, announced their resignations.

Soon after the incident, JK Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary (Organisation) Ashok Koul wrote to party’s national president J P Nadda seeking safe accommodation for the party leaders in every district of Kashmir and urged workers and leaders not to come out without security cover.

“The issue is that there was a safe accommodation for our workers in Ompora, but unfortunately there was no food arrangement for them. I met Deputy Commissioner Anantnag yesterday and discussed the issue, he told me that there are no funds for providing food for the BJP leaders if lodged in separate safe accommodation,” Koul said.

Asked whether he had discussed the issue with the party chief J P Nadda, Koul said he spoke to the party president and has also written a letter to him seeking safe accommodations for party workers and leaders in each district of Kashmir.

“We don’t want our leaders, workers and activists to become an easy catch for militants. There should be a building in each district where 50 to 60 BJP workers, activists and leaders would be accommodated. The building should be provided fool-proof security cover and every single worker or a leader should go out along with proper security cover,” Koul said.

Meanwhile, BJP JK spokesman Altaf Thakur said that providing safe accommodations to the workers and leaders of BJP is need of the hour. “All the safe accommodations at district level should have security cover. No worker should venture out without personal security cover and without informing the purpose of his/her visit to the concerned police station,” Thakur said.

BJP’s Media Incharge, Manzoor Bhat echoed similar concerns and said the only way to protect the workers, leaders and activists is to keep them in safe accommodation at their own district headquarters. “They should not come out unnecessarily,” he said.

Earlier on August 7, after suspected militants killed a Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Sarpanch in Qazigund area of Kulgam district, several BJP members and political workers resigned from the party fearing “reprisal” from militants for being in affiliation with the political party.

A day earlier, at least seven BJP workers from Kulgam and Anantnag resigned from the party seeking forgiveness from the people.

The workers include BJP’s District Secretary for Kulgam Nisar Ahmed Mir, a resident of Kellem, District General Secretary Shahzad Ahmad Bhat of Chowgam, party workers Mohammad Ayoub Ganai, a resident of Banghal Kulgam and Gull Mohammad Ganai, a native of Chandien Kulgam, Party worker Shabir Rasool Khan, Party worker Reyaz Aziz Rather and Party worker Khaliq Subhan Sheikh, all residents of Narupora Watnard Tehsil Kokernag.

In this regard, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) J&K spokesman Altaf Thakur said the two persons who have resigned on social media and claimed they were part of BJP, were never associated with the party and are part of the vested interests trying to mislead the media and police.

“The fact is that the duo was never part of BJP and is trying to mislead the media fraternity and police. How can someone resign from the part he was never associated with,” Thakur said.


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