New Delhi: The Shiromani Akali Dal, Shiv Sena and the Janata Dal (United), constituents of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, have criticized the targeting of Kashmiris in the country after the Pulwama suicide bombing and urged the Narendra Modi government to take stern steps against perpetrators. However, the top leadership of the government has maintained silence on the backlash.
Even though the prime minister, Narendra Modi, so far has not spoken against the attacks on people from the Kashmir valley staying in different parts of the country, the Akali Dal had appealed to President Ram Nath Kovind to take action against Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy, who was associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party, for backing the call to boycott “everything Kashmiri”.
Delhi Akali Dal’s Manjinder S Sirsa, in a tweet, said: “Just like Kashmir is an integral part of India; we have an integral bond with Kashmiris also. We are committed to protect them. It is shameful that a Governor uses such words & advocates a hateful approach against Kashmiris. @tathagata2 has lost all moral rights to be a Governor [sic].”
Just like Kashmir is an integral part of India; we have an integral bond with Kashmiris also— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) February 22, 2019
We are committed to protect them. It is shameful that a Governor uses such words & advocates a hateful approach against Kashmiris. @tathagata2 has lost all moral rights to be a Governor https://t.co/CMxohjTVzZ
BJP spokesman Sambit Patra, confronted with the voices of key allies, came out in support of Kashmir and Kashmiris and said, “Kashmir is an integral part of the country and we are with our Kashmiri brothers and sisters.”
Following the Pulwama terror attack, in which over 40 CRPF jawans were killed, Kashmir students, workers and traders were heckled, threatened and beaten at many places around the country. The Supreme Court has directed states to take action against people who have attacked Kashmiris across the country.