Srinagar: Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh Monday termed Prime Minister Narindra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah’s remarks that ‘those seeking Autonomy for J&K are anti-Indians’ as ‘unfortunate’.
As per the statement issued here, Er Rasheed said that what PM spoke from time to time doesn’t match with what he is speaking now.
Er Rasheed said that PM’s response to P Chitambram shows that Congress and BJP are just using Kashmir issue for their vote bank politics and are least bothered about resolving the 70 year long dispute.
“When Prime Minister said that resolution lies in embracing Kashmiris, a certain section in Kashmir had started believing that Modi has some out of box solution to offer but now even rejecting the idea of Autonomy is disappointing and disturbing for all those who were expecting BJP to chose a different line than congress. Though Kashmiris are least interested in what P Chitambram has said and Prime Minister is also aware of the fact that restoration of Autonomy has no takers in Jammu and Kashmir, but labeling those seeking Autonomy as anti-nationals is very unfortunate.
The way BJP leadership including Prime Minister Narinder Modi, Amit Shah, Arun Jetly, Smriti Irani and others made much hue and cry over Autonomy, the task for interlocutor has become more difficult,” he said.
MLA Langate added that it is painful that congress and BJP are just exposing their non-seriousness and when Prime Minister makes so much of hue and cry over Autonomy demand, the hardcore elements within Kashmir have a logic and a reason to call talks a futile exercise.
“As such it is mandatory for the Prime Minister to give a second thought to all that what he said. He should realize that the question is much bigger than vote bank politics,” Rasheed added.