RSS leaders can’t stay away from meddling in Kashmir affairs?

RSS leaders can’t stay away from meddling in Kashmir affairs?
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Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, Jan 12: Senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Friday again tried to stir the hornet’s nest by stating that Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir is ‘temporary.’
“His statement can trigger a storm in Kashmir yet again. The leaders of the rightwing parties seem hell bent upon vitiating peace in the Valley. They just believe in raking up controversies,” said an analyst.
He said, “Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has time and again asked the leaders from rightwing parties to mind their own business and stay away from Kashmir affairs but they have not changed their attitude.”
A Kashmir watcher said, “Such statements lead to animosity between the coalition partners and derails the development process in the state. When PDP and BJP joined hands in J&K to form the government in 2015 both the parties agreed in principle that they won’t rake up the controversial issues and the focus would be on governance. But the leaders of the parties affiliated with the BJP during the past three years have left no opportunity to rake such issues which lead to discord.”
Indresh Kumar, who is considered to be one of the influential RSS leaders said, “Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir is temporary. Militant activities have reduced due to the policies of government and separatist leaders are in jails. Efforts to bring youths in Jammu and Kashmir to the mainstream are yielding positive results.”
A Kashmir based politician while reacting to Kumar’s statement said, “Such assertions can derail the peace initiative started by the BJP led NDA government in the state. Dineshwar Sharma, interlocutor appointed by the Centre to hold talks with different shades of opinion in J&K, has been trying his best to rope in the separatists and has assured the Kashmiri leaders that no such step would be taken which could add to alienation.”
He said, “Leaders based in other states should stop playing politics over Kashmir. They should realize that J&K is a sensitive state and aspirations of the local people have to be respected. They cannot play with the sentiments of the people again and again.”
An observer said, “It seems RSS leaders want to build the tempo again as the date for the hearing on petitions filed against the Article 35-A is coming near. The Apex Court had deferred the hearing on the petitions by 3-months in November last year.”
He said, “It looks like that BJP and RSS want to once again make the abrogation of Article 370 as the poll plank for the upcoming 2019 parliamentary elections that’s why they are trying to up the ante again.”
The observer said, “Such statements indicate that rightwing parties are least bothered to safeguard the interests of the PDP, which despite all odds joined hands with the saffron party to form the government in J&K.”

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