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BJP leader says no talks, asks: Was Vajpayee successful?

Vajpayee was the PM during Kargil war and 2001 Parliament attack.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Published: May 13, 2017 4:15 am
Vijender Gupta, BJP on Kashmir situation, Kashmir unrest, Atal Behari Vajpayee, Vajpayee Kargil war, Vajpayee Parliament attack, BJP Kashmir, Indian Express BJP opposition Leader Vijender Gupta. (Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey, File)

POINTING OUT that the situation in Kashmir Valley is not congenial for holding a dialogue at present, the Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP on Friday asked those invoking Atal Behari Vajpayee for initiating peace talks with separatists and Pakistan whether the former Prime Minister was “successful in his venture’’.

“…Was he successful in his venture? Neither the separatists nor Pakistan stopped their agenda for creating disturbances in Kashmir (despite Vajpayee’s efforts to initiate a dialogue),” state BJP spokesperson Virender Gupta said in a statement issued here.

Instead, Gupta said, “they tried to inflict more injuries to India”. Those who support a dialogue with separatists should “also recall Pakistan’s attack in Kargil, and terrorists’ attack on Indian Parliament and in Mumbai” subsequently.

Vajpayee was the PM during Kargil war and 2001 Parliament attack. The Mumbai terror attack took place under the UPA in 2008.

Gupta also said, “Those advocating holding of talks with the separatists and Pakistan to restore peace in the Valley are either ignorant of the ground realities in the Valley and agenda of the separatists and Pakistan, or they are doing so to create a situation where they can serve their own political interests.”

The BJP leader said leaders and people supporting talks should realise that the Valley is “not the whole of Jammu and Kashmir” state but constitutes only about “20 per cent area of the present Jammu and Kashmir which is with India”. He said the people of Jammu and Ladakh regions, Kashmiri Pandits, Shia Muslims, Gujjars and Bakarwal communities as are “major stakeholders” in the state, and that they are “against elements creating turmoil in the Valley at the behest of Pakistan, (Pakistan’s) ISI and ISIS.”

These elements, Gupta said, want to convert Jammu and Kashmir into an “Islamic Fundamental State”.

He reminded leaders of the National Conference, the state’s main opposition party, that the Vajpayee government had “outrightly rejected the Autonomy Report submitted” by the then Farooq Abdullah government. “The voice of the people of the country is in favour of removal of all hurdles that keep Kashmir away from (the) national mainstream, including Article 370 of Indian Constitution,” Gupta said.

He highlighted efforts made by PM Narendra Modi in engaging with Pakistan but “Islamabad sabotaged his (Modi’s) efforts by importing terrorism in the Valley, disturbing common life of the people, and engaging in continuous firing on the borders’’.

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  1. Kanayalal Raina
    May 14, 2017 at 5:01 am
    Modi was elected as PM of country on vote of people of country giving him full majority as they were in favour of removal of all hurdles that keep Kashmir away from national mainstream, including Article 370 of Indian Cons ution. The people of Jammu and Ladakh regions, Kashmiri Pandits, Shia Muslims, Gujjars and Bakarwal communities are “major stakeholders” in the state and cons ute 60 of population and that they are “against elements creating turmoil in Valley. Let him also set up an inquiry commission to probe the rise of armed insurgency and religious extremism or inquiry into Pandit carnages and why our properties were vandalized. Modi was not elected to remove Lalbeti from cars instead he could have tabled bill in parliament for removal of article 370, when he has desired majority. Now, after 69 years, if that Article 37
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      Pradeep sheth
      May 14, 2017 at 1:29 am
      Remove article 370. Change the demographic character of the valley. This will be true solution to the kashmir issue. For some time world opinion will be against us, some sanction will be there.but don't care. All will be in line within time because we are the big Bazar for west and for china
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        Kamal Pasha
        May 13, 2017 at 12:39 pm
        The only solution for India is to leave Kashmir.
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          Kris
          May 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm
          The only solution to Kashmir problem is asking the jihadists to leave Kashmir for jihadi land by crossing the LoC. If not today in two years all the jihadists will be cleaned up which includes the hurriyat leaders. India will not give an inch of Kashmir land and those Kashmirus who don't want to be with India should be given an ultimatum to leave the country within certain period of time, if India can host 200 million Muslims as its citizens nothing will happen if a few Kashmiri terrorists leave the country. Still India will have 2nd largest Muslim population.
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          1. Samir Thapa
            May 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm
            How can India leave India?
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            1. Samir Thapa
              May 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm
              Or the solution is further pieces of stan?
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              SP
              May 13, 2017 at 11:40 am
              To deal with stan's covert war and manipulations, war is not a solution. stan was formed on the basis of religion and it treated its religious minority brutally though this minority's demographic profile was over 20 in stani geographical landm even after par ion in 1951 as per stan official census. This was done with complicity of government there. The Indian government will be able to deal with stan only if it shows brutally that the community will have to bear the financial and the physical costs. It is something like not starting the war with stan alone but starting a war with the community. This strategy will make the public in stan to see the reason and will force starting internal reforms in socio-religious canvas and thereby in stan government's approach to India. This approach will solve the Kashmir problem too. Besides this , in Kashmir Valley , spread state sponsored Buddhism from the adjoining Laddakh region as long term solution.
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              1. Pork Kabab
                May 13, 2017 at 10:30 am
                Very pragmatic approach by BJP. Develop Jammu, Laddakh and Non-Sunni areas in such a way that Sunnis become jealous. Let them beat their chests and along with stan. Let Jammu/Laddakh/Non-Sunni groups prosper along with rest of India.
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