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Hypocrisy exposed! BJP, NC, PDP leaders missing at this year's Kheer Bhawani mela
6/21/2018 10:52:54 PM
Jehangir Rashid

Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, June 21: Mainstream political parties like Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC), National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been boasting and claiming that they stand for the dignified return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley, but when it comes to real 'action' all of them are found wanting.
Same was witnessed on June 20 (Wednesday) during the annual Kheer Bhawani mela at Tulmulla in Central Kashmir's Ganderbal district. Barring President of Jammu & Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (J&K PCC) Ghulam Ahmad Mir none of the mainstream leaders visited the mela where thousands of Kashmiri Pandits turned up to take part.
Although, the Kashmiri Pandits reached Tulmulla from the distant parts of the country none of the mainstream leaders barring Mir deemed it fit to visit the mela venue and extend greetings to the members of Pandit community.
The absence of political personalities did not go well with the Kashmiri Pandits with some of them voicing their anger as well on this occasion.
Over the years it has become a norm in Kashmir that the incumbent chief minister visits the Kheer Bhawani mela while the opposition leaders give the function a miss. Since the PDP-BJP government was ousted a day before the Kheer Bhawani mela nobody from the previous dispensation was spotted at Tulmulla this time around.
Government of India's Special Representative for Jammu & Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma visited the Kheer Bhawani mela and exchanged greetings with the Kashmiri Pandits. Visit of Sharma is being viewed with significance by the people in general more so Kashmiri Pandits since he represented New Delhi on the occasion of Kheer Bhawani mela.
BJP that has always been accused of playing 'religion' card was found wanting when it comes to extending wishes to members of Pandit community on the occasion of Kheer Bhawani mela.
The party leaders have been found absent at the mela in the past and same was repeated this year as well.
At the same time parties like NC and PDP claim and boast that they are very much concerned about the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley. However, leaders of both these parties found it undignified to visit Tulmulla on the occasion of mela Kheer Bhawani. As such this time around the Kheer Bhawani mela turned out to be a low key affair at least when it comes to the visit of high profile political personalities.
Many members of the Kashmiri Pandit community have over the years been saying that all the mainstream parties are playing politics over the issues being confronted by them.
They said that no worthwhile step has been taken to settle their issues including the all important issue of their return to Kashmir valley.
It was all due to this reason that some members of Kashmiri Pandit community burst firecrackers at Jammu, winter capital of the state as soon as they came to know that BJP has pulled out of the coalition with PDP in Jammu & Kashmir.
Over the past four years or so the BJP has failed to solve the problems being faced by Kashmiri Pandits.
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