‘Talks offer an opportunity for separatists’

‘Talks offer an opportunity for separatists’
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Jammu, May 27: Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta Sunday asked the separatists to respond positively to the Centre’s offer of dialogue so that peace and normalcy is restored in the state.
“We have provided them an opportunity of talks and now they have to see how to proceed further. They should avail this opportunity,” Gupta told reporters on the sidelines of a party event here.
Lauding the Centre, the senior BJP leader said it had taken a very good decision on completion of four years of the NDA government’s rule.
“Now an opportunity has provided to them (separatists)… If they do not come forward, the people of Kashmir should also understand that they are not their well wishers,” Gupta said.
He said it was a big decision of the government and needed to be availed to pave way for the restoration of peace and normalcy in the state.
To another question, Gupta said the border residents were not upset with BJP and assured their demands would be met.
“They are not angry with the BJP. I have visited them and their demands would be met,” he said adding the centre has already sanctioned Rs 415 crore for construction of bunkers along the International border and Line of Control in the state.
The border residents are satisfied with the BJP government, he said dismissing as “opposition propaganda” that they were angry with the ruling party, both at the centre and the state.
“It is unfortunate that they indulge in politics even on borders,” Gupta said slamming political rivals.
Earlier, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, speaking at a programme to mark four years of the NDA government in New Delhi, told a TV channel that the Centre was ready to talk to the Hurriyat Conference if they were ready for a dialogue.
“If Hurriyat is ready to talk, we have no problem, we are ready to talk to anyone. Even if Pakistan comes for a dialogue, we are ready for it,” Singh had said.
State BJP president Ravinder Raina said BJP would not compromise on safety, integrity and sovereignty of the nation.
“We will not fire the first bullet (on borders), but will rain countless bullets if need arises,” he said pledging to take back the “areas illegally occupied by Pakistan”.
Raina claimed that the next chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir would be from his party owing to “dedicated workers”.
“India has risen to the level that every country looks towards the country for assistance. China had to take its steps back after confrontation at border. India has revolutionised its defence sector and the day is not far when India will be the biggest arms exporter in the world,” he said.