BJP Reverts to Vajpayee’s Mantra on Kashmir

NEW DELHI: Reviving the Atal Behari Vajpayee’s popular slogan of resolving Kashmir problem within the ambit of  ‘Insaniyat’ (humane approach) the BJP Monday announced it will adopt a humane approach while addressing the concerns of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. 

The statement comes close of the heels of praise from unlikely quarters — the Hurriyat Conference (M) leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) — for the BJP-led NDA's attempts to address concerns of Kashmiris.

Keen to make inroads into Muslim vote bank endorsement from influential Kashmir sections have buoyed BJP to revert to Vajpayee era. 

On Monday senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said, “During the past few days, I have read statements of various political groups in the Kashmir valley suggesting that the NDA government in the past was more honest in addressing the issues of Jammu and Kashmir than the UPA government. Most of these groups are ideologically opposed to the BJP. Why then should they be more optimistic about the BJP’s sincerity on the issues of Jammu and Kashmir?”

The BJP leader said Jammu and Kashmir has been integral to BJP’s ideology and the party believes there can be no territorial compromise. “On the external dimensions of the issue, the BJP will never allow India’s territory to be bargained or compromised. On the internal dimensions, our approach will be guided by Atal Behari Vajpayee’s pronouncement that all issues will be resolved within the dimension of ‘insaniyat’, he said.

Mr. Jaitley said he is equally convinced of the need to address the “sense of discrimination” among the people of Jammu, Leh and Ladakh. “Within the valley, our approach has to be guided by twin considerations of no concession to the separatists and the sense of concern and compassion of the average Kashmiri. Their quality of life has to be improved and the areas where they feel harassed will have to be addressed. In a fight against separatism, the people of Kashmir valley should be our important allies. Issues of their alienation will have to be addressed without compromising on the basic tenets of our ideology,” he said.

Recently, Mirwaiz Farooq said in an interview that the BJP-led NDA took some bold steps for the resolution of the Kashmir problem as compared to the Congress-led UPA. The PDP too has spoken favourably about the BJP’s prime ministerial nominee, Narendra Modi.

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