BJP not happy with choice of interlocutors for Kashmir

BJP is not happy with the choice of the three interlocutors for mediating in Kashmir problem.

Last Updated: Oct 14, 2010, 22:52 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP is not happy with the choice
of the three interlocutors for mediating in Kashmir problem,
saying they lack stature and would not be given importance by
the separatists who may feel they do not carry enough clout to
influence the government.

Though BJP avoided a formal reaction on the "sensitive
issue", senior party leaders felt a Parliamentary Committee
comprising MPs from Congress, BJP, Left parties and other
prominent parties, would have been the best bet.
"The all-party Parliamentary delegation which visited
Jammu and Kashmir recently met with unexpected success that
surprised some of our own leaders. It is clear that the
ordinary Kashmiri wants a solution to the problem and conveyed
this to the delegation," said a senior BJP leader.

Dilip Padgaonkar, Consulting Editor of The Times of
India and a former member of National Commission for
Minorities; M M Ansari, Information Commissioner, and Radha
Kumar, an academic, were appointed as interlocutors for
dealing with the Kashmir problem.

Their appointment has also been criticised by the
separatists, who are the main section the interlocutors are
expected to talk to.

BJP top brass feels that the interlocutors, though
prominent names in their respective fields, would not be taken
seriously by the separatists and even the people of Kashmir.
"The people of Kashmir and the separatist leaders like
Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq gave importance
only to the prominent members of the Parliamentary delegation.
They are not likely to discuss their problems with these
interlocutors," a BJP leader said.

Interestingly, one BJP MP said Minister of State in
Prime Minister`s Office Prithviraj Chavan would have made a
better choice. Chavan, who was involved in dealing with the
recent problems in the Valley, was rumoured to be a probable
choice for the post.

"Even Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), who was part of the
Parliamentary delegation, could have been a better choice due
to his sincere interest though we differ with him on
ideological issues," another BJP leader said.

PTI