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BJP seeks security for 31 party activists in Kashmir..

BJP seeks security for 31 party activists in Kashmir..Barely a few days after an attack on their party activist in Kashmir, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has sought security for its 31 “leaders” in Kashmir from J&K Police.
The party has tasked the minister for Industries and senior BJP leader, Chander Prakash Ganga, with taking up this issue with the police.
A senior BJP leader said the list of 31 party leaders has been given to the police and the issue has been discussed with the additional director general of police (security) and Kashmir inspector general of police also.
The list includes eight top and 25 second-rung leaders and all are from Kashmir.
“A day after the attack on one of our activists, we met IGP Kashmir and raised security demand,” said a party leader. “But we are still waiting.”
On 15 March, the personal security officer of a BJP activist was injured when suspected militants fired at him on Srinagar outskirts, which the police later described as a “failed attempt” to snatch his official weapon.
A day later, the national general secretary and party’s point-man on Jammu and Kashmir Ram Madhav met his party activist here, who had escaped unhurt in the suspected militant attack.
The party leader said: “The recent attack on one of our party activists has sent shock ways across the BJP activists/leaders in Kashmir. After the attack, the party activists find it difficult to move from one place to another.
He said they were demanding the security for their activists and their offices since long. “The BJP office at Jawahir Nagar here was attacked in August last. We do not even have bunker for a guard outside our office,” he said.
BJP, general secretary (Organization), Ashok Koul, said that security issue for the BJP in Kashmir was one the challenges the party cadre was facing.
He said no security was provided to their office-cum-residential building in Peerbagh area of Srinagar. “Full activities in office can only start once it is fully secured,” he said.
He said that Chander Prakash Ganga was dealing with the issue and he had met senior police officials in this regard. “We expect that our security needs are met at an earliest.”
It may be recalled here that the BJP’s last electoral outing in Kashmir in 2014 Assembly election did not go well. Even though the party got RSS’ Muslim Rashtriya Manch and the Jama’at Ulema-e-Hind to mobilize support for it and even tried to curry favour with a section of clergy, it failed to win a seat. The effort, however, did yield the party its highest vote share ever in the Valley – a mere 2.2%.

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