Kashmir : A Communal problem , Not a Political Problem – BJP

published on October 19, 2009

Take nation into confidence about Kashmir issue: BJP to Centre

PTI | Jammu

BJP on Monday said the Centre should take the nation into confidence about the contours and content of the unique solution proposed by it on Kashmir issue.

BJP takes a strong exception to Home Minister P Chidambaram’s confirmation that some sought of unique solution is being worked out through a process of “quiet dialogue” and “quiet diplomacy” as far as J&K is concerned, State president of BJP Ashok Khajuria told reporters here.

“Even if the unique solution is being worked out, the Centre should take the countrymen into confidence on what is the solution,” he said.

Khajuria said the BJP rejects the suggestion of Union Home Minister that Jammu and Kashmir is a political problem.

“We strongly assert that Kashmir is only a communal problem which needs deft and firm handling,” Khajuria said, adding it will be highly suicidal to accord political legitimacy to the separatist cause in the State as separatist are guided by communal ideology.

The pradesh BJP chief said his party rejects outright the contention of the separatists, which the Union Home Minister seems to have lapped up ,that problem in J&K are unique because of the unique history and geography of the State.

The BJP would like to know from the Home Minister as to what is so unique about Kashmir to qualify for a separate treatment? he asked and warned the Centre about any compromise with separatists and Pakistan. He said special status accorded to the State is the root cause of all the problems, he said the sooner it is withdrawn the better it would be for the nation.

Khajuria said failure on the part of the Centre to take congnisance of BJP’s well-considered views or to continue to support separatist line would only compel the nationalist forces in the State to create 2008-like situation. When asked what was 2008-like situation, he said the nationalist forces had come out on the streets and agitated for over two months on Amarnath land row till their demands were fulfilled.

Khajuria also demanded immediate legal action against those police personnel and others responsible for Rajneesh Sharma’s alleged custodial death.

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