Jammu, June 23: Backing BJP’s decision to pull out of the alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, party president Amit Shah on Saturday said that the state’s development and safety are more important than being in the power.

“It doesn’t matter to us if we are in power or not. For us, J&K’s development and its safety is more important. Modi govt made several efforts but partiality towards Jammu and Ladakh continued. That’s when we decided that we should rather protest in opposition,” said Amit Shah while addressing a public gathering in Jammu on Saturday.

“Under the PDP government, a newspaper editor was murdered. Children took up stone-pelting. Attacks on army and security forces increased. We could not be part of such a government,” he added.

Shah also lambasted senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz for backing former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf’s assessment that Kashmiris would prefer to be independent if given chance. “BJP will never let J&K separate from India, it is India’s integral part,” he said.

Criticising the opposition for targeting BJP over its withdrawal from the coalition government, Shah said, “Last year when I came to J&K, we were in a coalition government. Today, President’s rule is imposed here since we took back our support. Political parties regret when their govt falls but BJP is the only party which raised slogans of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. It shows BJP’s patriotism”.

Furthering his attack on the Congress, Shah said that Ghulam Nabi Azad makes statements about Kashmir, which are later supported by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). “Rahul Gandhi should answer what is their (Congress) relationship with Lashkar-e-Taiba,” he said.

The BJP party president said that it is because of Shyama Prasad Mookerjee that Kashmir is a part of India, adding that he thinks the latter did not die in jail in Jammu and Kashmir but was murdered.

He also urged the media to change its narrative of linking anti-terror operations to Governor’s rule, adding that the party had a narrative of development.