‘Dialogue initiated at appropriate time’

‘Dialogue initiated at appropriate time’

SRINAGAR: Ruling coalition partner in J&K government, BJP, on Saturday said that the state government was successful in “creating an atmosphere conducive” for holding dialogue between government of India and “all stake holders” of J&K.

Deputy chief minister and BJP’s Jammu face, Nirmal Singh, told reporters here his party has a consistent stand that dialogue is the only way and it was started at an “appropriate” time.

“We had prominently mentioned in the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) that an atmosphere will be created (for holding dialogue),” Singh said. “(And) this is the appropriate time that dialogue has been started,” he asserted.

The dialogue has been initiated at a time when the resistance camp is being hounded by National Investigation Agency (NIA). The agency filed a case on May 30 in alleged funding to Hurriyat Conference for “subversive activities”. The agency has arrested ten persons, including seven pro-freedom leaders, in the case so far. The investigation is still going on and people from valley are being summoned to Delhi for questioning.

The agency even resumed investigations into a case registered in 2011 against Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and arrested Shahid Yousuf, son of Hizb chief, Syed Salahuddin, on October 24.

“State government (succeeded) in creating such an atmosphere when dialogue will be held,” Singh said on Saturday.

He even referred to the famous slogan of “Insaaniyat kay daayray mein (within the ambit of humanity)” of former PM and BJP ideologue, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “Humanity is the biggest ambit,” he added.

However, the BJP senior leader ruled out GoI’s dialogue offer to militant leadership. “We have come to a level where situation is peaceful and militancy has gone down,” he said.

“People who want to talk can’t do so under the shadow of gun,” he said. “Those who talked in past, even from Hurriyat (Conference), were eliminated,” he said. “(So) there is no question of holding talks with those carrying gun.”

On whether BJP considers Hurriyat Conference a “stake holder” in the dialogue process, Singh said, “definitely!”

“Those who want to talk are stake holders,” he said adding, “When last time Home Minister Rajnath Sigh led an all-party delegation to Kashmir (in 2016), Mehbooba Ji (as president of PDP) wrote a letter to Hurriyat (Conference), though they did not talk. If Hurriyat was not (stake holder), letter would not have been sent (to them).”

Meanwhile, a BJP member revealed that state unit of BJP was holding its state executive meeting for the first time in Kashmir valley in which around 300 executives will be participating.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office (PMO), Jitendra Singh, and national vice president and party in-charge of J&K Affairs, Avinash Rai Khanna, will also attend the meeting.