Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari has sent a party team, led by national spokesman Tarun Vijay, to Kashmir to feel the ground situation and deliver Gadkari's message to Kashmiris: "the BJP believe the best of the solutions to all issues can be found through the path of insaniyat (humanity), not through bullets".
"Gadkari wants Kashmir to progress, have economic empowerment and get the best of infrastructure," Vijay told the Hindustan Times.
The BJP team was asked to boost the morale of the party cadre in the Valley and sense the situation in the Kashmir. "I am happy to say there is a positive change in Kashmir. I traveled on boulevard of the Dal Lake in the middle of the night, went to see temples in south Kashmir and also visited Hazratbal shrine," said Vijay.
The party, which was limited to the Jammu region of the state, has decided "to build a New Kashmir led by the youth into the era of peace, prosperity and progress."
In 2008 Assembly elections, the BJP, for the first time, contested from most of the Valley seats. With normalcy returning to Kashmir, the party is planning to expand its base "with new approach."
"I invite the youth and the women power to join BJP and create progressive entrepreneurship in the region of science, technology and protection of the environment that can become an example for the rest of India," said Vijay.
Reaching out to the distressed people, Vijay said: "We have to address the pain, aspirations and sorrow of Kashmiris…A tear of a Hindu mother is no different from Muslim mother. I would also like to salute the Kashmiri Mothers who painstakingly tried and succeeded to a great extent keeping away their children from terrorism and destructive activities."
The BJP spokesman also praised the Muslims who helped Hindus in the state during the turmoil. "A number of incidents have been noticed where the local Muslims have courageously stood with their Kashmiri Hindu brethren and helped. A large number of them want Hindus come back and also support those who have stayed back. It's a welcome sign that must get the national attention and accelerate the creation of a situation where all Hindus feel safe to return," said Vijay.
The BJP spokesman said Kashmiris anger should be channelized into employment avenues.