The BJP has once again reiterated that the Centre is ready for unconditional talks with all stakeholders in Kashmir, including the separatists. 

The party’s general secretary in-charge for Jammu and Kashmir, Ram Madhav, who is on a visit to the state, has told media that both the state and the Central governments were ready to have a dialogue with the Hurriyat.

He said that the BJP government was confident to bring permanent peace in J&K and expressed hope that normalcy would be restored. 

Blaming opposition parties for inciting people’s passion in Kashmir, he cautioned them not to play provocative politics for their myopic political gains. 

While talking to reporters in Srinagar, Ram Madhav said that the BJP has been saying that our doors are open to all stakeholders for dialogue right from the beginning.

Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during his visit to J&K, had also said that the Centre was open for unconditional dialogue with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.

The change of policy was first shown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

During his Independence Day speech, he said that the people of Kashmir should be brought back into the fold by “love and compassion”. 

He said that bullets and abuses will not take the government on the path of reconciliation and peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the core policy group of the Congress, headed by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, visited J&K. 

They will submit their report to the party high command, detailing how to go ahead with a firm policy with vision on Kashmir. 

Reports said that the Congress will advocate dialogue and reconciliation both with separatists and Pakistan.

There are reports that former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha is most likely to carry on dialogue on the Track-II channels with Kashmiri separatists and the group has reportedly got a nod from the Union government to look for ways and means to hammer out a solution which is permanent and irrepressible for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. 

Informed sources told this newspaper that the Sinha led group has advocated immediate result-oriented talks with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and they have said that dialogue with Pakistan can wait but there is urgency for a dialogue with the people of Kashmir.

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