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BJP minister Chander Prakash Ganga was today slammed by ally party PDP as well as the opposition National Conference for his reported remarks that bullets should be used on stone pelters.
"Such detestable remarks not only reflect the nauseous mentality of some extremist politicians in the state, but also expose the larger design of certain elements to provoke fresh trouble in Kashmir so that Kashmiris are pushed into perpetual educational and economic dis-empowerment," senior PDP leader Peerzada Mansoor said in a statement.
He said such provocative utterances "smack of a larger conspiracy" to keep the pot boiling in Kashmir.
PDP and BJP run a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir which is headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Ganga, who is the industries minister, had reportedly called stone pelters as traitors.
"There is only one remedy for them and that is bullets. And if not bullets, they should be given punishments like the youths who are beaten with sticks by forces. Take my word that next time they (the youth) won't throw stones," he was quoted as saying by the local media.
Mansoor said the BJP leaders should understand that any devious effort to flare up passions in Kashmir would end up in spreading the poison of hatred across the length and breadth of the state and put it on fire.
"Such an undesirable situation would serve nobody's purpose except bringing destruction to the state and its people," he said, adding it is because of the lunacies of same breed of politicians that the Kashmir situation has reached such an impasse today.
Instead of indulging in ludicrous rhetoric, the political leadership, both in New Delhi and within the state, should work through tangible measures towards resolution of the issues to ensure peace and stability in Jammu and Kashmir, he added.
National Conference, while condemning the controversial comment by Ganga, said such use of terminology by a responsible minister is very unfortunate.
It reeks of the communal mindset prevalent among those who are supposed to be guardians of the society, NC said in a statement.
The workers of the opposition party also took out a protest march from party headquarters at Zero Bridge and burnt an effigy of Ganga.
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