BJP to organise Satyagraha against terrorism in Kashmir

via www.newindpress.com published on June 4, 2006

HYDERABAD: BJP would organise an eight-day long nation-wide Satyagraha from June 7 to protest the spurt in terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir and “expose the UPA government’s failure” to check the growing menace.

Under the “Save Doda – save nation” campaign, the party activists from across the country would proceed to Jammu in batches, take part in Satyagraha and court arrest to highlight the “dangers” of the ongoing “ethnic cleansing and targeted killings of innocent hindus” by Pakistan-sponsored militant outfits, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters here on Sunday.

He said the campaign was aimed at educating the people about the grim situation in the border state, especially in Doda region, where hindus were reportedly being massacred in a systematic and planned manner as part of conspiracy by the ISI.

The batches of party functionaries from various states, led by central BJP leaders, would converge in Jammu region and take part in the Satyagraha along with the local cadre, Naidu, who is to lead the batch from Rajasthan and Kerala on the opening day of the campaign on June 7, said.

Several central leaders including Murli Manohar Joshi, Vinay Katiyar, Sahib Singh Verma, Sushma Swaraj, V K Malhotra, Shanta Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot and Anant Kumar would lead the Satyagrahis from various states.

Alleging that there was a conspiracy to flush out hindus from Doda and other districts in Jammu and Kashmir as reflected by the recent massacre of 35 hindus, the BJP leader demanded an immediate halt to the “ethnic cleansing”, deployment of more military and security forces and strengthening the village defence committees by providing modern weapons and communication equipment.

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