Taking over marriage halls by forces punctures BJP’s ‘normalcy’ claims: Tarigami

Taking over marriage halls by forces punctures BJP’s ‘normalcy’ claims: Tarigami

Senior CPI (M)  leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Sunday said taking over of marriage halls by the CRPF in Srinagar and erecting new security bunkers across the Valley has punctured the BJP government’s ‘normalcy’ claims in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation Article 370.

Addressing party workers in the Kund area of Qazigund in south he said security bunkers are coming up at every nook and corner of Srinagar and new paramilitary companies have been called in Kashmir.

The situation has reached a stage where additional CRPF personnel are being stationed in marriage halls, which is the only private space left for people here, Tarigami said.

“BJP’s fake narrative about “progress and development” in J&K post August 5, 2019 gets trashed by such incidents. Every day more draconian laws are brought in with the sole purpose of suffocating people into silence”, he claimed.

He said, “the only progress that has been made in the last three years is the creation of more tools of repression. J&K has been made a model police state with no redressal mechanism or constitutional institution”.

The highest unemployment rate of 21.6 percent and staggering inflation rate of 7.39 percent in J&K belies the claims of the BJP’s “growth and development” in the region post 2019, he added.

He said, J&K is a political issue and needs a political outreach and not additional forces, or more draconian laws and repression. “When the already available forces and draconian laws could not control the situation how can additional forces and new draconian laws

do” he questioned.

He said that ever since August 2019, the incomes of people in J&K associated with the informal sector, consisting of low wage workers have dwindled sharply due to a major unemployment wave.

Tarigami, some of the severely affected people include construction workers, auto and bus drivers, small shop owners and daily wage labourers. ASHA and Anganwari workers

are not being paid their meager wages on time in J&K.


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