BJP dissociates from Jethmalani’s remarks (Lead)

October 26th, 2010 - 6:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday dissociated itself from the remarks of its Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani about the party’s stance on Kashmir interlocutors, saying the BJP does not subscribe to his views.

“Jethmalani-ji is Jethmalani-ji. It may be his personal views. The party does not subscribe (to his views),” BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said.

Taking a different line from his party, Jethmalani Tuesday said it was “childish and churlish” to accuse the government’s interlocutors of internationalising the Jammu and Kashmir dispute simply by suggesting that Pakistan should be involved in the talks.

The BJP had criticised Dileep Padgaonkar, head of a three-member team of interlocutors, for saying that there was a need to involve Pakistan in any dialogue on Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state where separatist violence has left thousands dead since 1989.

Javadekar said Padgaonkar was a well known journalist and should follow discretion.

“The interlocutors must observe discreetness. Indiscretion is irresponsible. They are not expected to give a running commentary and should work in a framework,” Javadekar said.

He also objected to the interlocutors meeting jailed militants who had crossed over from Pakistan.

“They can have a dialogue with any Indian but can’t have a dialogue with militants sent by Pakistan. He (militant sent by Pakistan) is not a stakeholder in Kashmir or India,” Javadekar said.

Jethmalani had earlier said that Padgaonkar and his team’s task of finding a “peaceful and lasting solution” to the Kashmir problem is “almost superhuman”. He said he prayed for their success despite having “serious misgivings” with their mission.

The interlocutors including academic Radha Kumar and information commissioner M.M. Ansari are in Jammu and Kashmir meeting a cross section of the people.

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