Mumbai, June 17: The Shiv Sena today blamed the Central government for the violence in Jammu and Kashmir and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his foreign tours, saying they have proved to be a “failure.”
Citing a just-released UN report on alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP’s carping ally said it shows PM Modi’s frequent foreign trips have not yielded any positive result and, in fact, his image has taken a beating.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led party slammed the NDA government over the unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir during Ramzan and the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar.
“Internal security of India has become a joke. A Ram Temple is yet to be constructed in Ayodhya. Lord Ram is in ‘vanvaas’ (exile). But the country’s security is ‘Ram-bharose’ (in the hands of Lord Ram).
“The government has to be blamed for the violence, bloodshed and killings by terrorists (in J&K) during Ramzan,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana.’
Attacking the PM, the Shiv Sena said while PM Modi is busy with his foreign trips, people are being killed in Jammu and Kashmir.
“In the last four months, over 400 people have been killed in Kashmir, maximum being the jawans. Our prime minister is busy in foreign trips, while the defence minister is stuck in party affairs.
“While it was being said that the PM’s foreign tours enhanced the country’s prestige globally, his image lies in tatters after the UN report on Kashmir,” it said.
“This (the report) means despite the PM’s numerous foreign tours, nobody is willing to stand with India on the issue of Kashmir and we could not put forth our stand, as we should have, before the United Nations,” the newspaper said.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released on June 14 its first-ever report on the alleged human rights violation in Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and demanded an international probe into it.
India rejected the report as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated.”
The Shiv Sena mouthpiece said the ruling NDA dispensation has caused more harm to the Kashmir cause than the former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru or the Congress. (NDTV)