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Kashmir governor comes clean on bifurcation rumour, says nothing unusual in troop movement

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has said that the bifurcation of J&K is just a rumour as some people are feeling discomfort by the prevalent peace and are now spreading false rumours.

Speaking to an Indian television news channel, Sinha, the former BJP leader, said that some people are spreading false rumours to keep their political bogey relevant and to meet their interests. “Only selfish people fuel rumours. Bifurcation of J&K is just a rumour nothing else,” he said.

Sinha said what he was saying was “with full responsibility and people have understood what he means.”

Replying to a query about troop movement in Kashmir, he said that this gives no signal about anything. “Paramilitary forces had gone to West Bengal for poll duty and they are returning now. Some 60 companies were allotted to J&K and they are returning. Many jawans were also under quarantine and they too are returning,” the LG said, adding that whenever there has been Amarnath Yatra in J&K such troop movements are a routine.

To a query whether the J&K government would go ahead with the Amarnath Yatra despite the Covid-19 pandemic, he said that the administration led by him took a series of steps to contain the spread of the virus and they succeeded largely. “Nothing is more important than human lives. In the days ahead, the Covid situation will be better. After analysing the situation threadbare, a decision will be taken on whether to hold annual pilgrimage.”

On Assembly polls and the delimitation process, Sinha said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced at the Lal Qila that once the delimitation commission would finish its exercise, J&K will witness Assembly polls. “Let the Delimitation Commission submit its report,” he said.

About NC’s participation in the Delimitation process, he said if the party led by Farooq Abdullah takes part in the exercise, they will fulfil their responsibility.

Asked whether militancy has been curbed in J&K, the LG said that the tourist arrivals suggest that peace is prevailing in Kashmir and there is no law and order situation. “No doubt a few incidents of violence have taken place, but local militant recruitment is down. We have an upper hand on militants. Security forces are maintaining close coordination. A handful of people are trying to disrupt the peace but the government is committed to defeat them and act them as per the law,” he said.

Replying to the query that some people were alleging discrimination against Jammu, he said that in a democracy there is freedom of expression but that doesn’t mean, “Whatever people would say would become government policy.” “My tenure is witness that not a single decision has been taken by my administration where one can smell discrimination. Gone are the days of the discrimination. Jammu and Kashmir are two eyes of the government,” he said.

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