Interlocutor has mandate to talk with everyone, says Ram Madhav 

Asked whether the interlocutor will talk to the Hurriyat leadership, Ram Madhav said the question should be posed to the separatist leadership if they are ready to talk

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: October 29, 2017 7:53 am
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BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said the Centre’s pointsman for a dialogue with all parties concerned in Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, has the government’s mandate to talk to everyone, including separatist leaders if they come forward. “He (Sharma) will talk to all groups who want to talk,” Madhav told reporters in Srinagar, where the BJP is holding its state-level working committee meet. “Whoever comes forward can talk to him (Sharma) — he has that mandate,” the senior BJP leader said.

Asked whether the interlocutor will talk to the Hurriyat leadership, Madhav said the question should be posed to the separatist leadership if they are ready to talk. Replying to a question about any conditions for a dialogue with those “outside the mainstream, and who do not accept the Indian Constitution”, Madhav said that the government wants “the whole population of Jammu and Kashmir to become mainstream”.

Madhav said the appointment of Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief, is the continuation of the dialogue process started by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. “The Home Minister cannot talk every time – that’s why a representative was appointed,” he said. “He will talk to all leaders and groups of Jammu and Kashmir as a representative of the Government of India”.

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Asked whether a dialogue would also be initiated with Pakistan, as was done under then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Madhav did not give a straight answer. He said, “This time, the announcement has been made that Dineshwar Sharma would talk with all groups of Jammu and Kashmir”. Madhav is presiding over the BJP state-level working committee meeting.

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  1. N
    Oct 29, 2017 at 9:42 am
    Talking to separatist ? Isko kehte hai U turn.
    1. m
      Oct 29, 2017 at 9:07 am
      u turn fekujji....pehle bole thee geelani se baat nahi karege aur aab ....this govt is failed in kashmir issue too note : bhakt stay awaym
      1. G
        G.Ranga Chary
        Oct 29, 2017 at 8:16 am
        The interlocutor is mandated to speak to anybody who approaches him on Kashmir issue. This is not enough. As many may not be interested to go to him uninvited. Hence it will be more meaningful if the interlocutor is mandated to invite all in Kashmir to talk to him. This will enable even separatist groups to talk to the interlocutor who represents GOI through Home Ministry of GOI. Mr. Rammadhav should not try to act smart, by saying the interlocutor is mandare to talk to anybody who meet him. This is nothing but resorting to deception by BJP.
        1. V
          Oct 29, 2017 at 10:48 am
          Congi sulks no matter what
        2. A
          anil bharali
          Oct 29, 2017 at 7:42 am
          Mr Ram Madhave must ensure that RSS first show that they are loyal to Indian cons ution by showing respect to the cons utional provision for Kashmir.
          1. F
            Oct 29, 2017 at 5:45 am
            Who is that dog RAM MAD av to talk about what the retired IB douche bag's role would be in the so called talks? He is after all a party worker. How did that squeaking motor mouth get the information? Are BJP DOGS appraised by that douche bag first even before the talks start? We all know MADav wants to even occupy up to the Steppes from where that idi ot and his filthy clan was driven out some three millennia ago.
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