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BJP backs Rajnath’s criticism of separatists for refusing to talk

india Updated: Sep 06, 2016 11:47 IST
Rajnath Singh

Union home minister Rajnath Singh, left, with J-K governor NN Vohra, second from left, in a meeting in Srinagar.(PTI)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday criticised Hurriyat leaders for refusing to talk despite the all-party delegation members visiting their house and said they are against “insaaniyat (humanity), jamooriyat (democracy) and don’t believe in Kashmiriyat”.

“The statements made by (Union home minister) Rajnath Singh further proves that separatist leaders don’t believe in the constitution or democracy,” BJP leader Prem Shukla told ANI. “When Opposition party leaders, who believe in democratic principles, went to the Hurriyat leaders to talk, they refused to do so.”

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Addressing the media in Srinagar on Monday, Singh was extremely upset with the separatists’ rejection of the offer of talks and said that it clearly indicates that they don’t believe in ‘insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jamuriyat’, reiterating that the doors were always open for those keen on holding a dialogue to restore normalcy in the region.

He said the Centre as well as the all-party delegation was extremely serious and concerned about ensuring that the prevailing situation improves in the Valley.

A meeting chaired by Rajnath Singh will be convened on Wednesday to decide the future course of action.

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