As the Government of India appointed former spy chief Dineshwar Sharma as its interlocutor for “sustained dialogue” on Jammu and Kashmir, the state unit of the BJP said the solution to the problem had to be found within the Indian Constitution.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh had on Monday announced Sharma’s appointment as the Indian government’s representative for a “sustained dialogue” with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir and to “understand the legitimate aspirations of the people.”
Sunil Sethi , the chief spokesperson of BJP’s J&K unit, said in a statement that any demand which is “beyond the Constitution” or has the “attribute of secession” will never be acceptable to the party.
The vast majority of the population in Kashmir was yearning for peace for the sake of the future of their children, Sethi said, asking “stake holders to come forward and put their points and issues.”
“The atmosphere in the Valley has been deliberately vitiated for personal and political gains which has caused immense loss to the Kashmiri culture of peaceful coexistence,” he said.
Singh had said that Sharma would have complete independence in deciding who to hold talks with. He said this in response to a question on whether Sharma would hold talks with the Hurriyat Conference.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had welcomed the appointment while National Conference leader Omar Abdullah sought clarity on his mandate.
“The stakeholders should take the benefit of the opportunity and contribute in the dialogue process,” Mehbooba said at a hurriedly-convened press conference in Jammu hours after Rajnath’s announcement.