Srinagar, June 25: Former Legislator Nizamuddin Bhat has said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit tomorrow will set the tone for his vision of Kashmir.
Bhat said Shah since his assumption of office has maintained discreet silence despite several meetings on Kashmir with security top brass and inputs from Raj Bhavan and his party cadre.
He said speculations are rife given his known postures on Kashmir as BJP president and Prime Minister’s close confidant.
“However, there is feeling in serious circles that he will spring surprises as is indicated by Governor’s statements on dialogue with Hurriyat. These statements are seen as a prelude to Shah’s actual thinking dictated by larger interests than the party thinking.”
Bhat hoped that Amit Shah will use his national mandate as a strength to shape a Kashmir policy which will be blend of national concerns and the local sentiment.
Bhat also hoped that Shah will take a call on elections to state assembly so that popular government is in place and issues impending solutions are resolved by representative government.
He said Shah’s visit offers an opportunity to various political parties to put up a joint stand on resolution of all controversial issues through democratic means which would require to restore democratic institutions of prime importance to its legitimate owners.