Patna, Jan 15 (PTI) BJP''s youth wing, Bhartiya Janta YuvaMorcha (BJYM) today accused the Centre of failing to containviolence and stone pelting in Jammu and Kashmir and demandedimmediate revocation of Article 370, that gives special statusto the state.
"The incidents of violence and stone pelting are occurringin Jammu and Kashmir for the past six months ... The Kashmirproblem is a historic blunder of the Congress and the wholenation is paying the price of its consequences," BJYMnational president and BJP MP Anurag Thakur said here.
"The root cause of the problem is Article 370," he saiddemanding its revocation.
Thakur is leading the Kolkata-to-Kashmir Rashtriya EktaYatra to unfurl the national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar onJanuary 26 after a gap of 18 years. The yatra started onNational Youth Day on January 12 and resumed during the dayafter reaching here yesterday.
He questioned Congress'' "silence" over the situation inJammu and Kashmir. "Seeking to prevent one from unfurling thenational flag should be treated as disrespect," he said.
He asked Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi togive his reactions, as the youth wanted to hear from him aboutthe problem.
"There is an urgent need to allay the mistrust createdamong the Kashmiris due to wrong policies of Omar Abdullah andthe Congress governments," he claimed.
Thakur said the yatra had evoked "overwhelming" responsefrom the people and hoped it would get a "massive response" inthe Kashmir Valley. "The yatra will strengthen the countryand we want to prove that from Kashmir to Kanyakumari India isone," he said.
Referring to JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav''sreported statement that the programme was by BJP and thatNDA had nothing to do with it, he said, Yadav will not opposeit once he comes to know of its objective.
The yatra is aimed at creating harmony and brotherhoodamong the people and will be a milestone for the integrity andunity of the nation and "I hope Yadav will understand itgradually," Thakur said.