STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

BJP asks Jammu and Kashmir minister not to lock horns with Army chief

Rawat had on Friday said social media and government schools in the state were spreading a "disinformation campaign" resulting in radicalisation of youths.

Published: 15th January 2018 09:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th January 2018 01:35 PM   |  A+A-

Rawat-PTI

Army Chief Bipin Rawat addresses a press conference in New Delhi on Friday, 12 January 2018 | PTI

By PTI

JAMMU: The BJP today asked Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Altaf Ahmed Bukhari "not to lock horns with the Army chief", two days after he said Gen. Bipin Rawat should "do his own job" and not meddle in the state's affairs.

Rawat had on Friday said social media and government schools in the state were spreading a "disinformation campaign" resulting in radicalisation of youths.

He had called for "some control" over mosques and madrassas in the state and suggested a "major revamp" of the education system.

Bukhari has then accused the Army of "meddling in the state's affairs".

BJP J&K unit spokesperson Brigadier Anil Gupta (retd) in a statement asked "the minister to be pragmatic and accept the reality rather than locking horns" with the Army chief.

Gupta said Rawat's remarks should be viewed positively and not turned into a political issue.

The Army chief's "statement was based on his vast experience in the valley and interactions with students at various levels", the BJP leader said.

"Even the chief minister has voiced her concern over radicalisation and indoctrination of youths in her recent speech on the floor of the House while replying to the motion of thanks on the Governor's address," the statement read.

The Army is an important stakeholder in the restoration of peace and normalcy in the state, Gupta said, adding that Gen. Rawat was "well within his rights and democratic mandate to voice concern on issues which affect national integration".



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

edexworks
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp