Srinagar: BJP’s All-India secretary general Ram Madhav on Saturday said that the government of India’s interlocutor for Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, has the mandate to talk to everyone including the resistance leadership.
“Whosoever will come forward, he (Sharma) can talk to him. He has that mandate … you should ask this to the Hurriyat (Conference) whether they are ready to talk,” Madhav told reporters here when asked whether the interlocutor would engage the resistance leadership.
Asked whether the interlocutor would also talk to Pakistan, the BJP leader said, “This time, the announcement has been made that Sharma would talk with all groups in Jammu and Kashmir.”
He said that the government of India had announced that talks will be held with those who are willing and so it appointed the interlocutor.
“The Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) cannot talk every time and that is why the government of India appointed the representative and he will talk with all groups and leaders of J-K as a representative of the government of India,” Madhav said.
Asked if there were any conditions for talks with those who are “outside the mainstream and do not accept the constitution”, he replied, “We want the whole population and sub-sections of J-K to become mainstream.”
On former home minister P Chidambaram’s suggestion on autonomy, Madhav alleged that Kashmiri people and whole India “are bearing the brunt of the mistakes that were committed by Chidambaram and his party during their government”.
“We do not need this advice. The present government would seek advice from well-wishers of J-K and would act definitely in future. We do not need advice from Chidambaram,” he retorted.