LUCKNOW: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the government was “ready to talk to everyone” over the Kashmir issue, while asserting that terrorism in the Valley is “Pakistan-sponsored.”
After a meeting of the Central Zonal Council here on Monday, he told reporters, “I think the matter will be resolved. We are ready to talk to everyone. As far as terrorism is concerned, all security agencies are working in coordination.” “Terrorism in Kashmir is Pakistan-sponsored,” he said.
Barely 24 hours after agreeing to the engagement, the government Friday called off a meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in New York, citing the brutal killings of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad releasing postage stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani.
Dr Jitendra Singh Tuesday hit out at the National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for their “selective outrage” over Local Body Polls in Jammu and Kashmir and said they only want to carry on dynastic politics at the cost of common people.
Both the NC and the PDP have announced that they would not contest the upcoming urban body election and panchayat polls. “NC and PDP, claiming to be mainstream parties, stand exposed before their own people. NC has always been vociferously advocating rule of autonomy but it is opposed to granting autonomy to the popularly elected panchayats and their sarpanches. It in other words means that this party has a vested design to ask for autonomy in order to continue dynastic rule but is not in favour of democratic autonomy for popularly elected local bodies,” he said.
Singh, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, said this also exposes their “scandalous” design of not allowing central grants for the local bodies and panchayats to reach the elected representatives.
“These parties have also betrayed the facts that they not only take their people for granted but also their party cadre. Some of the cadre of NC and PDP have rejected dynastic diktat and have rebelled,” he said, suggesting alleged discontent among these parties’ workers.
Article 35 A of the Constitution bars people from outside Jammu and Kashmir acquire any immovable property in the State.
The Supreme Court had on August 31 deferred the hearing on a bunch of petitions challenging Article 35 A of the Constitution, as the Centre had urged the court to take up the matter after Panchayat elections in the State.