Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has considered the recent decision of pro-freedom leadership not to call for hartal on his recent visit to Valley as a dividend of Ramazan cease-ops announced by the Delhi government on 16 May.
“As my vehicle passed on the road in Srinagar, I waved at people and they responded with great enthusiasm. This was not the case earlier. Whenever a leader from the Centre visited, there used to be a shutdown. This time there was none”, Rajnath told The Hindu in an interview on Thursday.
He also said that the cease-ops have generated goodwill and the government “will take a decision after a security review” whether to extend it beyond Ramazan or not.
The minister dismissed that interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma is holding backchannel talks with the Hurriyat.
“Till now no such talks have taken place. He has been sent there to talk to everyone. He hasn’t gone there for sight-seeing. We have not tied his hands. He can talk to whoever he wants,” he said.