NDA ally Shiv Sena blamed BJP for its policy shift regarding Hurriyat leaders- Pak representatives meet. By terming the BJP as Chameleon which changes its colour every time, an editorial published in its mouthpiece Saamna said that they never thought Akhand Bharat would be realized in such a way.
It was the statement of Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) VK Singh that allowed Hurriayt to meet with Pak leaders provoked Shiv Sena.
“The Hurriyat is going to hold discussions with Pakistan since the government has given it special permission to do so. Tomorrow you will have discussions with Masood Azhar, Dawood Ibrahim and Lakhvi on the issue of Kashmir. We never thought that the dream of Akhand Bharat would be realised in such a way.” the editorial claims.
The Sena editorial also said ”This U-turn of the government on the Hurriyat is equivalent to saying that Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir was actually Babri Masjid. Things are becoming strange these days. They can put even a chameleon to shame by the way they are changing colours. It beats us as to how they are able to do this.”
Underlining the Saamna editorial Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said kashmir is the integral part of the country and separatist parties like Hurriyat is trying to to prepare it to go with Pakistan or go free. He also said that if this stand were taken by Congress party, all other nationalist parties would have shouted against it and now since it is the decision of the BJP every party, including Shiv sena, compelled to keep mum.
“We have always maintained that there should be no talks with such people because the Hurriyat wants Pakistan to be involved in talks regarding Kashmir. Even the BJP agreed with us, now suddenly allowing Hurriyat to talk with Pakistan is incredible. Even the Congress did not do this,” Raut said.
He also said that the government need to be extra careful when they make any policy shifts touching Kashmir and the centre should not shake hands with those who have already shaken hands with Pakistan.
Earlier Genral ( Retd.) Singh made it clear that the Narendra Modi Government’s stand upon the issue that anyone can have a meeting with Pak officials and it will not affect the country until it intervenes in India-Pakistan bilateral dialogues.
“India has consistently maintained that there is no role for a third party in the bilateral dialogue between India and Pakistan as per the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration. India’s displeasure at Pakistan’s attempts to interfere in India’s internal affairs has been repeatedly conveyed to Pakistan,” he added.
The BJP Government had cancelled a scheduled bilateral talk with Pak officials after some Pak officials met with Hurriyat leaders.