Accept reality rather than locking horns with army chief: BJP to J&K education minister

Amy chief General Bipin Rawat had blamed social media and government schools in the state for spreading a 'disinformation campaign' resulting in the radicalisation of the youth. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir Jan 15, 2018, 02.22 AM (IST)

A day after Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Altaf Ahmed Bukhari asked Army Chief General Bipin Rawat not to "meddle in the state's affairs", the BJP on Sunday asked him "not to lock horns with the army chief".

On Friday, the army chief had blamed social media and government schools in the state for spreading a "disinformation campaign" resulting in radicalisation of youths. He had said that schools in Jammu and Kashmir were instilling wrong information into students' mind by showing them a separate map of their state and not one map of India.

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

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

BJP's Jammu and Kashmir 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. He said General 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 Gen. Rawat was "well within his rights and democratic mandate to voice concern on issues which affect national integration".

(With inputs from PTI)

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BJP's Jammu and Kashmir unit spokesperson Brigadier Anil Gupta said General Rawat's remarks should be viewed positively and not turned into a political issue