‘Mere statements won’t yield results until practical steps are taken’
Srinagar, Sep 22: Welcoming the statement made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader, Ram Madhav wherein he had stated that the government is open for dialogue with all the stakeholders without any pre-conditions, the opposition political parties on Friday said that the Government of India (GoI) must take practical steps to initiate a dialogue process with all the stakeholders in the state.
Reacting to Madhav’s statement that “opposition cooperates with the government” for peace, they said that the BJP leader lacks information about the role played by the opposition over extending their support to restore the normalcy in Kashmir.
National General Secretary of National Conference (NC), Ali Muhammad Sagar said that dialogue with the stakeholders is the only way out to resolve the Kashmir issue.
“Violence, use of force and other measures have not yielded any result so far. NC has always said that the dialogue must be initiated with all the stakeholders to resolve the Kashmir issue,” Sagar told KNS.
Sagar said that Madhav lacks information about the role played by opposition over restoring the normalcy in Kashmir.
Madhav on Thursday had said that normalcy will be restored soon if “opposition cooperates with the government.”
“We have already extended our support to the government over the restoration of peace in the Valley. I think Ram Madhav should go through the steps taken by the opposition regarding the restoration of peace. NC is responsible opposition party and has taken every possible initiative to help the government in restoring the peace in the Valley,” he said, adding that the government is making statements in “frustration”.
Opposition Congress said that the party takes the statements of BJP with disbelief.
“It is a mere statement until dialogue is started with the separatists and all stakeholders. Unconditional dialogue is in their Agenda of Alliance, but they have not implemented it practically even more than three years have gone by,” Congress Vice President and MLC G N Monga told KNS.
“If the BJP is serious, let them start the dialogue. But given their contradictory and rhetorical statements, we don’t believe in them. They give one statement here and contradict it in New Delhi and Jammu,” he said.
About the role of opposition which Madhav pointed out, the senior Congress leader said that their party has been all along supporting peace and progress of the state and the whole country.
“The situation is deteriorating because people are angry with PDP-BJP government; because of their deeds and what they did with the people. They cannot blame us for their wrong deeds and decisions,” he said.
CPI (M) senior leader and MLA Kulgam, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami welcomed the statement made by Ram Madhav but said that mere statements would not yield any results.
“We welcome his statement but at the same time we want to say that mere statements wouldn’t yield any result until the government formulates any strategy to have dialogue with all the stakeholders.”
“The government must evolve a proper mechanism to initiate a dialogue with all the stakeholders in Kashmir. They should talk to the people especially youth, who are alienated with them,” he said, adding, that a concrete framework should be adopted to start a dialogue process for the resolution of Kashmir issue. (KNS)