J&K: CBM can't include talking to separatists says BJP
New Delhi, Feb 6: The PDP in Jammu and Kashmir had made it clear if the government has to be formed then there needs to be confidence building measures.
While there are many demands, one of them are to have talks with the separatists. The BJP is clearly in no mood for this as it feels that talking with the separatists will do no good and moreover the image of the party can take a beating.
The BJP had sought from the governor of Jammu and Kashmir 10 days time to take a final call on the formation of the government.
The PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti had said that the centre needs to announce confidence building measures if the government in Jammu and Kashmir has to be formed.
She reiterated the same thing at a meeting with party workers yesterday and said that the centre has to ensure that a positive atmosphere is created in the state.
Will not talk to separatists:
The BJP is very clear that some of the demands can be adhered to. This would include the financial package. However if the PDP wants us to talk with separatists then it is not possible. The BJP is not in favour of that. Sources say that the BJP is not in any hurry to form the government.
In fact the governor went ahead and appointed two advisers for the state. This is being seen as a message the centre wants to give to the PDP that it has no problems in prolonging Governor's rule in the state.
The BJP however made it clear that the appointment of the advisers were to assist the governor who needs to run the state.
The BJP which had sought ten days time is weighing in the options before it. The Confidence Building Measures which Mehbooba spoke about are both political and economic.
While on the economic front the BJP is willing to work out the modalities, questions still remain on the political aspect to it.
The political aspect to the CBM could involve speaking with separatists and also not raising the issue of special status. The BJP leadership has made it clear that it will not speak with the separatists and would rather throw the ball back into Mehbooba's court instead.