BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has valley separatists vertically split and bickering in public over whether to keep a window of dialogue open to the Modi-led government, if it comes to power at the Centre.
Days after moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told the Hindustan Times that he was open to dialogue even with Modi-led government "provided he emulates former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee", hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani has taken exception to it.
"Vajpayee had no policy over Kashmir. The so-called Kashmir policy of Vajpayee was being politicised in an absurd manner. It is surprising that some pro-freedom parties are praising the efforts of Vajpayee and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Neither Modi, nor anyone else, has sincere policy over Kashmir resolution. Even Arvind Kejriwal has anti-Kashmir policy," said Geelani's Hurriyat in a statement.
This was in response to the Mirwaiz expressing willingness to engage with Modi to resolve the Kashmir problem. "If Modi is elected and pursues the outlook of his predecessor Vajpayee regarding the Kashmir issue where he talked of addressing it in 'Insaniyat kay dayire mein' (within limits of humanism) and in this context initiate dialogue with Pakistan and the leadership of Kashmir, then things can move forward," said the Mirwaiz. He also suggested that NDA was bold than Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) on Kashmir.
The Mirwaiz's statement is drawing flak from moderate separatists too. Separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik said, "From my experience with talks to both the UPA and the BJP, India will never say yes to Kashmir solution."
Referring to the NDA-moderate Hurriyat dialogue of 2001, where former union home minister LK Advani met moderate Hurriyat leaders, Malik said, "Vajpayee initiated a dialogue with the Hurriyat and nobody knows what happened inside the room; either the BJP leader LK Advani or Mirwaiz Umar Farooq know about it."
Criticising the BJP of failing to initiate any serious dialogue with the separatists, Malik claimed that in 2010 agitation, the All Party Delegation arrived in Kashmir and met separatist except the BJP leaders. "BJP's two leaders, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, refused to meet pro-freedom leaders during their Kashmir visit. In the past, BJP formed a Kashmir committee, headed by Rajnath Singh, which didn't bother to meet single pro-freedom leaders," he said.
Expressing disappointment over dialogue process with the centre, Malik said, "We lost years in dialogue without achieving anything."
"BJP's PM candidate has two buses, one is RSS aimed at entering into a war with Pakistan, uses excessive force in Kashmir to suppress the genuine dissent and second is Vajpayee's bus of Insaniyat that never delivered, but only expressed. Rest the time is the best judge," he said.