BJP upbeat about Modi’s repeat Kashmir remark

Congress says old words alone will not matter

SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Publish Date: Aug 16 2018 12:36AM | Updated Date: Aug 16 2018 12:36AM
BJP upbeat about Modi’s repeat Kashmir remark

While the state unit of Bharatiya Janta Party was upbeat over the statement of Prime Minister Narendera Modi about embracing people of Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) on Wednesday said words alone will not matter. 

“There is need of action, simple words won’t matter at all,” JKPCC, vice president, Ghulam Nabi Monga, told Greater Kashmir.

He was reacting to Modi’s Independence Day speech on Wednesday in which he said that Kashmir problem can be resolved only by embracing its people, not with bullets or abuses. 

In his speech on the 72nd Indepence Day at the Red Fort in Delhi, Modi said his government was following the teachings of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

"Vajpayeeji called for 'insaniyat' (humanity), 'Kashmiriyat' (syncretism Kashmiri culture) and 'jamhooriyat' (democracy). That is the correct path. I also said that the issues in Kashmir can be resolved by embracing the people of Kashmir."

Monga said BJP has no Kashmir policy. 

“It is an election stunt and nothing else,” Monga said. 

“Last year on same he expressed same words. After those words there were civilian killings, blinding of and arrest spree.”

In case, the senior Congress leader said, Modi-led government was sincere about Kashmir, it should start dialogue. 

“There should be comprehensive dialogue with all stakeholders,” the Congress leader said, adding invoking Vajpayee’s jamhooriyat, kashmiryat and insaniyat was reduced to just a phrase. 

“Dialogue with Pakistan, separatists and other leaders should be started simultaneously.”

 Monga said Modi’s comment as part of his Independence Day speech last year had signaled a possible shift in his policy towards Kashmir, where the government has been pursuing a tough line. 

“But things did not change and muscular policy continues to rule,” he said.

A senior BJP leader of the state unit however said Modi’s comments this I-Day meant a shift in his policy towards Kashmir.

“He (Modi) is clear in his belief on how to win the war against separatism, which is spread by a handful of people,” a senior BJP leader told Greater Kashmir. 

“There is no doubt the problem will be solved by embracing all Kashmiris.”

 

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