" BJP legislator from Suchetgarh, Sham Choudhary, got into a scuffle with Tony, causing an ugly scene."
Jammu, Aug 25 - BJP president Amit Shah Monday vowed to lead his party to victory in coming elections in Jammu and Kashmir, and asked Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to quit.

I have come here to ensure public support to get 44 seats in the state assembly and I am sure we will get that, Shah thundered at a public rally at Kathua town, 90 km from Jammu city.

The next government in Jammu and Kashmir will be ours, he added to loud applause and cheering.

The Bharatiya Janata Party president, a confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also said that India would give a befitting reply to Pakistan for its frequent violations of the 2003 ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir.

At the same time, he questioned Abdullah's right to criticise the central government over these violations.

Taking strong exception to Abdullah's taunt that the BJP's victory in general elections had led to resumed fighting on the Kashmir border, Shah said: I want to tell Abdullah that if there is shelling from Pakistan, our government will give a befitting reply.

Saying the people of the country were with the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP president said the National Conference-led government had no right to stay in power.

Alluding to the Abdullah family, Shah appealed to the people of the state to end dynastic rule in Kashmir.

He also blamed the state government for mishandling the clashes during this year's Amarnath Yatra.

Senior Congress leader and two-time Lok Sabha member Choudhary Lal Singh joined the BJP at the rally.

Shah earlier met villagers from near the Pakistani border following firing by the Pakistani military.

Visiting a higher secondary school in R.S. Pura area where villagers from the border areas have taken shelter, and also a safe accommodation for displaced villagers at Bishnah town in Jammu, Shah told them that the Indian military was fully equipped to give a befitting reply to the Pakistan troops.

But Shah's visit was marred by a scuffle between National Conference leader T.S. Tony and BJP legislator Sham Choudhary.

Tony, a candidate from Suchetgarh in the coming assembly elections in the state, raised slogans against Shah and the BJP when the latter reached the school building in R.S. Pura.

Tony told IANS that whenever political leaders meet displaced villagers, they rise above party politics.

I had gone there in that spirit not knowing that the BJP had intended to convert the visit as a campaign to garner voters for its candidate, he said.

BJP legislator from Suchetgarh, Sham Choudhary, got into a scuffle with Tony, causing an ugly scene.

Tension has gripped parts of Jammu and Kashmir close to the border with Pakistan following heavy firing between the militaries of the two countries.


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