Interlocutors dabbling on issues against their mandate: BJP

BJP on Monday accused noted journalist Dileep Padgaonkar of "dabbling on issues" which are against the mandate given to the three-member team of interlocutors, headed by him.

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2010, 18:38 PM IST

Jammu: BJP on Monday accused noted journalist
Dileep Padgaonkar of "dabbling on issues" which are against
the mandate given to the three-member team of interlocutors,
headed by him.

"The interlocutors, especially the noted journalist
Padgoankar, have already said time and again that they
intend to listen to various shades of people in Jammu and
Kashmir and would submit a report on their field survey,"
Pradesh BJP Spokesperson Nirmal Kamal said in a statement
here.

She said Padgaonkar`s statement creates doubts about
whether the interlocutors are really carrying forward the
stated agenda or they are on some other mission.

It also raises questions on what exactly is the brief
to these interlocutors by Prime Minister`s Office (PMO) in
the state, Kamal said.

The BJP Spokesperson said that the team of interlocutors
should not forget that the dispute with Pakistan is only about
Pakistan Occupied kashmir (POK) and India has to engage in
dialogue with the neighbouring country only on this issue.

The interlocutors may be well aware that there are 24
seats vacant in the state Legislative Assembly for POK, which
again strengthens the resolve of the people here to take back
the other side of Kashmir which has been forcibly occupied by
Pakistan, she said.

The BJP would like to advise the team not to create
doubts among the people of the state by raking up issues which
have controversial dimensions and restrict their work to
meeting different sections of opinion in all the three regions
of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, the BJP Spokesperson said.

Padgaonkar had earlier said, "we have been engaged
with Pakistan, every successive governments in India is
engaged with Pakistan on this issue and it is not the question
of internationalisation, it is a bilateral dispute which is
going on since 1947-48 and a dialogue with Pakistan is as
necessary as the dialogue with the people of the state."

PTI