New Delhi: Having assailed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the “mess” in the economy, BJP veteran leader Yashwant Sinha attacked the government on the Kashmir imbroglio, insisting “India has lost people of the valley emotionally”.
In an interview to ‘The Wire’ recorded on Friday with journalist Karan Thapar, the former Union minister said, “I am looking at the alienation of the masses of people in Jammu and Kashmir. That is something which bothers me the most We have lost the people emotionally. You just have to visit the valley to realise that they have lost faith in us,” Sinha said.
Sinha leads a civil society organisation – Concerned Citizens Group (CCG) – which has visited the troubled Valley several times to explore the possibility of finding a lasting solution to the seven-decades-old conflict over Kashmir.
The CCG comprises Justice (retd) AP Shah, former Mumbai police commissioner JF Ribeiro, former Chief Election Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, former RAW chief AS Dulat, civil rights activist Aruna Roy, and scholar-historian Ramachandra Guha.
Sinha claimed he sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the Kashmir issue 10 months ago, but was not given the time.
“I am hurt. I am absolutely hurt. Ten months have gone by. Let me tell you, ever since I have been in public life, no prime minister of India, starting with Rajiv Gandhi, has ever said no to a meeting I have sought. No prime minister has said to Yashwant Sinha, I don t have time for you,” Sinha told Karan Thapar.
“And this is my own prime minister who has treated me like this. So if somebody rings me and says, please come talk to me, (then) sorry, the time has passed; I have been treated shabbily,” he said.