April 2017 News

BJP Looks To Engage Kashmiri Youth, Isolate Hurriyat

30 April 2017
Rising Kashmir
Syed Amjad Shah

Jammu: Adamant on its stand not to engage in dialogue with Hurriyat leaders, the BJP leadership is looking to reach out to Kashmiri youth. On the second and concluding day of his trip to Jammu, BJP national president, Amit Shah held closed-door meeting with RSS leaders at their headquarters at Raghunath Pura in Old City here. Sources privy to the meeting told Rising Kashmir that the meeting lasted for two hours and was attended by J&K RSS chief Romesh Papa, Parshotam Dadichi and other RSS leaders. 'The RSS leaders advocated need for comprehensive policy on Kashmir to deal with anti-nationals, separatists, and stone pelters. They stressed on the need to reach out to youth in Kashmir, saying that majority people in the valley want peace and prosperity,' sources said. 'BJP national president and RSS leaders decided to work among the people in Kashmir especially youth to bring them closer to the country. They said nationalist forces in Kashmir should be approached and separatists should be isolated so that the youth could be brought into mainstream.' Sources said the party leadership clarified that stone pelters will be dealt with under law and there would be no compromise on the national interest. 'We need to resolve Kashmir unrest involving all the stake holders (pro-Indian people and parties) excluding separatists. If Centre has cleared it, PDP should accept the decision and avoid giving statements in public to hold talks with separatists,' said a senior BJP leader, wishing anonymity. They said that Amit Shah was also appraised about alleged attempts to change demography in Jammu on which BJP national president also expressed concern. Sources said RSS leaders expressed disappointment over the working of some BJP ministers. 'There is a need to establish better coordination between BJP Ministers and party which is missing and is leading to misunderstanding,' sources quoted RSS leaders telling Shah. At a time, when Shah was busy holding meetings with party leaders, legislators and ministers, sources said RSS had engaged a group to get feedback from the party workers. 'There is resentment among people against BJP Ministers. The report has been given to Amit Shah. He will review the report and final decision will be taken in Delhi,' sources said. 'Amit Shah himself has directly talked a senior BJP leader who has been sidelined due to rivalry within party. During his two-day visit, he was not impressed with the BJP's State Unit and ministers.' In the afternoon, Shah chaired a meeting with full timers (also known as Vistarak) who work for the party at grass root level. 'These vicharaks have given their report to Amit Shah. They have also been directed to get details about working of BJP ministers from the people,' said the BJP sources. Pertinently, BJP has started its ground work to ensure victory in 2019 Parliamentary Elections and also preparing for Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir in 2020. Meanwhile, MoS PMO Jatinder Singh said BJP government wants return of normalcy in Kashmir. 'Only handful of people indulge in stone pelting while majority wants peace,' he added.