NDA Took Bold Steps, UPA Did Nothing: Mirwaiz

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Hurriyat Not Against Elections, Raising Of Local Issues

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has extended tacit support for BJP in the forthcoming general elections saying that the BJP-led NDA government at New Delhi took some bold steps for the resolution of Kashmir issue.

Mirwaiz told India Today magazine, that NDA did more for Kashmir than Congress-led UPA ever did, adding UPA only saw Kashmir as a security issue. 

He said UPA had some opportunities to resolve Kashmir but whatever they did was not enough on the contrary If you see the NDA, it took better decisions on Kashmir.

He said that the union government under the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee made  forward movement on the resolution of the Kashmir problem. “If the NDA and the BJP walk on his footsteps, then there is a lot of hope. We saw Vajpayee and the then Pakistani president, Pervez Musharraf trying to take bold decisions on Kashmir.” 

Though Mirwaiz maintained that Huriyat was not going to contest elections till the resolution of Kashmir issue, his  remarks attain significance as they come on the eve of elections and indicate his preferences in New Delhi, observers said.

Mirwaiz dismissed Aam Aami Party (AAP) saying, there are some members of the AAP who are bold enough to talk about Kashmir in a different way. But unfortunately, they don’t find many takers. The fact is Kashmiris are not happy with the current dispensation and their aspirations need to be addressed.

When asked has his amalgam any problem if the elections are not portrayed as a resolution to Kashmir issue, Mirwaiz stated, “Nobody is against elections or raising local issues. I take up these issues in my sermons too. Hurriyat was not against people taking part in elections, the focus should be on a political solution.

Mirwaiz said that the United Nations resolutions have made it clear that elections have a limited scope in this scenario. “But if you see, the people who get elected have only bartered whatever little rights Kashmir had. Look at the situation of sharing of waters or generation of electricity.”

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