MISA was initiated to give political patronage

Jaipur: The people need to consider as to whether the claims that are being made regarding the situation in Kashmir are true on the ground or not, said Deputy Chief Minister and PCC Chief Sachin Pilot a day after a truck driver from Rajasthan was killed by two terrorists in Shopian.

“It was deeply saddening to know about the incident. I believe more work needs to be done to make the situation better in J&K. Without politicising the matter, I believe we all should consider as to whether the claims that are being made regarding the situation are true on the ground or not,” Pilot told media in Jaipur. “I want to express my condolences to the family of the person. We stand with them,” he added.

Two terrorists, including a suspected Pakistani national, shot dead the driver of a Rajasthan truck and assaulted an orchard owner in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, police said.

Speaking on Rajasthan government’s decision to discontinue the pension scheme given to those detained under MISA during the Emergency or to their widows, Pilot said that the scheme was annulled as the Cabinet viewed it as an act of political patronage.

“We believe that this scheme was initiated to give political patronage. Everybody respects the freedom fighters of the country,” he said.

Thousands of people were arrested during the time of Emergency in 1975 under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and Defence of India Rule (DIR) and were getting the pension, medical allowances and other benefits.

Pilot speak: Deputy CM Sachin Pilot gave an interview to The Print website in Mumbai wherein he was asked about his differences in relations with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. While not denying the differences in relations, Pilot gave an interesting answer. He said that if the thinking of each leader in every party will be the same, then there will be no multiplicity in politics.