Congress party has reacted sharply to the statement of home minister Rajnath Singh. Singh has recently said there is no plan of talks with the Hurriyat and his party would emphasis on abrogation of Article 370.
Former minister and AICC member, Abdul Gani Vakil, said that it is unfortunate that the home minister of India is unaware of the ground realities in Jammu and Kashmir.
"His approach regarding talks with separatists is dictatorial. The BJP should stop applying this dictatorial attitude and it should understand that it is only dialogue with all, which includes Hurriyat, that can resolve all issues.
"By confrontation and violence, nothing could be achieved. It will only add to the miseries of the people. The home minister's statement is provocative and will definitely add fuel to the fire," he said.
"We have already wasted more than 25 years in violence and militancy. The society has received heavy jolt on all fronts. Thousands of precious lives have been consumed by violence. The economy has received downward dip,'' he added.
Regarding Article 370, Vakil said, no power in India can think of abrogation of Article 370. "Article 370 is link between J&K and rest of India and whosoever tries or makes an effort to weaken this link will never succeed. If this link is weakened, it will strengthen those forces who want to disintegrate state from the rest of India.
"Some forces, who are thinking of eroding this article, are inimical to peace and tranquility in the state. After accession, Article 370 has proved a vital bridge between India and J&K. BJP's policy of grabbing land in the state to facilitate settlement of communal forces here cannot be permitted," he added.