Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani Friday claimed that the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, had sent emissaries to him seeking his help in resolving the Kashmir issue but he had rejected the approach.
“On March 22, two men came to meet me. They were our Pandit brothers, who sought my help in resolving the Kashmir dispute,” Geelani said but did not identify the men by name. He claimed the men even asked him if he wished to talk to Modi.
“They conveyed to me that if I am ready to offer any assistance in this regard I can contact Narendra Modi directly and seek some commitment vis-à-vis the Kashmir issue,” he told reporters.
Geelani said he rejected the proposal and told them that Modi is an RSS man and follows the same ideology and everyone is aware of the RSS and the Kashmir policy of the BJP, which Modi represents.
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“I told the two men about Modi’s role as chief minister during the 2002 Gujarat communal riots and how 3,000 Muslims were massacred during the riots in that state. I also conveyed to them that Modi can never show any softness or seriousness for a resolution of Kashmir,’’ he said.
Geelani, who arrived from New Delhi on April 16, said the BJP is sure about Modi becoming the next prime minister of India.
“They (BJP) have already started communicating with the separatist leadership of the Kashmir. The (Modi’s) men are trying to read the minds of Kashmiri leaders and want to convey to them how he will be soft on Kashmir,’’ he said, adding that some separatist leaders in Kashmir have through media statements already said that Modi will be soft on Kashmir.
“These leaders actually met the emissaries of Modi,” Geelani claimed.
The chairman of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, had recently said that they are hopeful about Modi and wished the BJP would take the mission of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee forward.
Geelani also asked people to boycott the polls and urged them to observe a shut-down and a civil curfew on the days the three seats in the Valley vote.