‘Separatist’ politics in Kashmir will end soon: BJP leader

‘Separatist’ politics in Kashmir will end soon: BJP leader
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SRINAGAR: BJP’s Senior National Vice President and In-charge J&K, Avinash Rai Khanna, Wednesday asserted that the ‘separatist’ politics in Kashmir will soon come to end, and the change “will come from no one but people”.
In an exclusive talk with Kashmir Reader, Khanna claimed that Kashmir resistance camp “neither does anything for people nor for the state”.
“Yes, definitely there will be an end to separatist movement and people will answer it. When people stand up, all impossible become possible,” Khanna said.
The BJP led government at New Delhi has pursued a muscular policy in Kashmir. Government forces have killed highest number of militants in a decade and given a cold shoulder to Pakistan’s offer for talks. The resistance camp in Kashmir has faced a crackdown, with many senior leaders and activists behind bars.
On its side, the resistance camp refused to talk to an interlocutor appointed by the GoI last year. The Hurriyat leadership has been saying that they are not averse to talk, but the talks should be intended to solve the issue, and not be a time buying tactic.
“There is no meaning to talk to those who hold gun in one hand, and are not ready to hold talks within the ambit of constitution. If they (resistance camp) want to do anything better for the state, they should accept the constitution of the country. People will give answer to Hurriyat. They neither do anything for people, not for the state. The poll percentage in panchayat elections is statement for them. I salute people for coming to vote despite the political parties calling for boycott,” Khanna said.
In response to another question, Khanna said that the PDP-BJP alliance busted the myth that BJP cannot form the government in the state.
“This is the biggest achievement for the party,” Khanna said.
Last year in June, BJP suddenly withdrew its support to Mehbooba Mufti-led government, brining the state under Governor’s rule, which was followed by President’s rule.
Asked if the party would form a government in alliance with a regional party again if the assembly electorate deliver a fractured mandate, Khanna said, anything was possible, “but it is difficult to say anything about it”.
“At this juncture we are trying to form our own government with full numbers. If I say that we will form government in such pattern, it means that I have accepted the defeat in the beginning,” he said.
On seeking support from Sajad Lone for government formation, he said, “Lone is a good friend of BJP, so let’s see what happens”.