BJP distances itself from Yashwant-led team’s meet with Syed Ali Shah Geelani

A five-member civil society delegation led by the former Union Minister Tuesday met Geelani amid continuing volatile situation in the valley.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 25, 2016 3:58 pm
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BJP Tuesday distanced itself from the meeting between Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and a delegation led by its leader Yashwant Sinha, saying the party has nothing to do with it.

“It is not a BJP delegation. BJP has nothing to do with this,” its National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said. A five-member civil society delegation led by the former Union Minister Tuesday met Geelani amid continuing volatile situation in the valley.

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Some media outlets have said that it is a BJP delegation which is absolutely wrong, Sharma said, adding Sinha too maintained that he took up the enterprise in his personal capacity.  The other members of the delegation are Wajahat Habibullah, the former chairman of National Commission for Minorities, Kapil Kak, former Air Vice-Marshal, journalist Bharat Bhushan and Sushoba Barve of Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation. They plan to meet other separatist leaders too.

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First Published on: October 25, 2016 3:44 pm
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    Janer
    Oct 26, 2016 at 12:27 am
    In India there is widespread feeling that there should be talks with all parties. The wait is because parties will become clear when stan implodes in four pieces. Then there will be four sets of talks. Yes, the people who want talks will certainly appreciate this.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If we talk now - we will have to talk agin with these parties. That is the reality.
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      Arvind
      Oct 25, 2016 at 3:09 pm
      Idle Brain of Politician who crossed 70 years of age is the devil's workshop.Problem is how remain in limelight ignoring nation's pride.
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        Barb Dewyre
        Oct 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm
        And who the fu.k are you to advise me? As a citizen I reserve the right to disagree. This government may have got a bigger mandate which is what makes it more tragic. They are wasting it. BTW, the valley is under curfew for the last 100 days and counting.
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          Barb Dewyre
          Oct 25, 2016 at 11:19 am
          And yours is conuous by its absence.
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            Barb Dewyre
            Oct 25, 2016 at 11:13 am
            At a time when the government should explore all avenues for a solution, it is very strange that BJP is making stupid noises of distancing itself from a process that has just begun. It's more than a hundred days since the valley has been under a lockdown. The border is extremely restive with soldiers dying on a daily basis. lt;br/gt;All that this government is scared of is that somebody else should not take credit for anything. They even tried to usurp the credit for the strikes from the army. lt;br/gt;What is this governance?
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              Barb Dewyre
              Oct 26, 2016 at 10:29 am
              Initially I thought I would let your senseless comment go. But then on second thoughts I thought you might still understand. First nobody needs to bring down Modi. He has chosen the path to destruction because of his myopic view. Secondly, of all the rabid comments you bhakts have unleashed, is there a single one that gives any indication on how to resolve the problem. Thirdly, the vote to PDP in the valley was an anti-BJP vote. Go and look at the manifesto of PDP, it opposes almost line-by-line the BJP one. Yet in their wisdom and hunger for power they became allies. Now both the parties have lost the credibility to govern there. Carry. With these shenanigans and you will lose Kashmir to those hungry wolves from across the border. Fourthly, you have been loosing almost a soldier a day from the low intensity warfare after the surgical strikes. Does this government have any plan besides tom-toming the army action for election victory? The posters in UP were for all to see and speeches by Parrikar and Shah were for all to hear. And, of course, I don't understand politics within as you say but you are some one who pretends to understand and then rave and rant at everybody who is not a bhakt.
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                Barb Dewyre
                Oct 26, 2016 at 1:03 pm
                Wonder if your IQ extends beyond churans and the output of your posterior. If Modi is the best amongst all, the compeion must be morons like you.
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                  Dev Verma
                  Oct 25, 2016 at 1:54 pm
                  Absolutely right bhatt but does barbie know what IQ means ? there is one churan called "TRIPHALA" and I am pretty will clear their constipation at least and trust me we can only suggest and its up to barbie how he will take it....stay cool modi is best among all..wait and watch.
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                    Dev Verma
                    Oct 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm
                    Barb I know you have personal issues with BJP (modi) but don't act as blind man. Yashwant and all others trying to bring down Modi in lieu of their anger being not given any ministry portfolio and where as your asking what's the governance better open up your eyes. W world is appreciating country's leadership but only bloody Indian or sick in the head. BJP is right to make a noise where as people like you don't understand politics within.
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                      Dev Verma
                      Oct 25, 2016 at 1:39 pm
                      Off course every Indian have the right to ask the present government but can you tell me have you ever visited kashmir recently or just showing your anger without knowing facts. Curfew 100 days...these kashmiris deserve to be under lock and key for ever if you would have known the fact. Don't point a finger at anybody forgetting 3 are pointing at you. I can understand many in India needs burnol to heal but difficult and at least have to wait for another 3 years. Using bad words are not going to cool your anger as same with rahul i...sorry I forget to ask you are you from congress ?? or just a citizen of no clue.
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                        V Koul
                        Oct 25, 2016 at 5:21 pm
                        Had the separatists closed the doors on this delegation , every political party in India would have owned the delegation members (and BJP RSS in particular) and everyone would have condemned the separatists and started lecturing on morality and Kashmiriyat and hospitality ; but as the hope has been rejuvenated by initiation of some dialogue , the Indian politicians come out with devilish statements and declare that they have no concern ; hypocrisy thy name is politician .
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                          V Koul
                          Oct 25, 2016 at 5:26 pm
                          brother ; just few months back , kashmiris votes in elections with 80% poll percentage displaying some faith in indian system but in return , just in a few months , the PDP RSS BJP combine took the valley to a point where U are talking of keep Kashmiris is lock and key for ever and it is hundred dead and blinded and counting ; so better introspect and be with no bias .
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                            kamath Ramesh
                            Oct 25, 2016 at 10:54 am
                            Why this retired bjp leader is showing so much enthusiasm to broker a peace with separatists? Does he want to come in lime light? Now the protests have been slowly coming down and normal life is returning with good work of armed forces and govt. Why this old man again giving importance to stupid separatists and taking the credit of peace?
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                              zimba
                              Oct 26, 2016 at 1:11 am
                              . . .similar to separatist jibe of kashmiris .. .. As the delegation cannot be viewed as an independant eny . . . similrrly all kashmiris cannot be painted into the paint of speratists . . majority need and exist on support of India, its infrastructure and they consider them as Indians first and then kashmiris. These few bunch of guys shall be booked in sedition for causing and marketing spratist agenda.
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                                Mayur Panghaal
                                Oct 25, 2016 at 10:51 am
                                Feku is famous for using these types of techniques when he himself has dug himself into a .Then he claims that he has nothing to do with it.Same old excuse.
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                                  Mayur Panghaal
                                  Oct 25, 2016 at 10:50 am
                                  just like Modi had distanced himself from the Ved Vaidik meet with Hafiz Saeed soon after feku won the elections.Ved Vaidik excuse was that he is a journalist.Sure...just like Barkha Dutt claimed she was doing journalism when caught in Nira Radia tapes.lt;br/gt;What a country this is becoming.
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                                    Niladrinath Mohanty
                                    Oct 25, 2016 at 10:28 am
                                    What harm done by Jaswant Sinha?
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                                      Nishith Bhatt
                                      Oct 25, 2016 at 11:51 am
                                      Barbie, first ask this gilani to burn openly a stani flag. May be you too can join the BJP delegation then.
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                                        Nishith Bhatt
                                        Oct 25, 2016 at 11:53 am
                                        Barbie, how about yours? IQ I mean.
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                                          O Sajid
                                          Oct 26, 2016 at 6:01 am
                                          Wasn't Yeshwant Singh leading the effort when Indian Govt released militants after hijacking and subsequent drama. Looks like separatists /militants have special place for him.
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                                            ranjan
                                            Oct 26, 2016 at 8:49 am
                                            that was jaswant singh not yaswant sinha
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