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SRINAGAR: Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) General Secretary, and it’s Kashmir point man Ram Madhav has claimed that there is definitive progress about talks with the Hurriyat. In an interview with Hindustan Times has said that BJP was facing criticism, both from the people and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, that dialogue has not happened with the Hurriyat, Madhav said there has been progress in that direction.

“I don’t think, Mehbooba said that. Let us give her the due. She, in fact, criticized others for not responding to the home minister’s open appeal for talks, even with Hurriyat. Government has appointed a former DIB as interlocutor for Kashmir. He is continuing his work and will continue his work,” Madhav said, who was BJP’s focal man in cobbling alliance with the PDP to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir.

“I can tell you that there was some definite progress about talks with Hurriyats. Unfortunately, things suddenly deteriorated and Shujaat’s killing happened. I think there will be some stalemate for some time”. Soon after Delhi announced halt in security operations for the month of Ramzaan, home minister Rajnath Singh also offered dialogue with the Hurriyat. In response, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), said that they were ready to join the process provided Government of India makes is stand clear respect to dialogue as it was too vague.

In response to another question whether BJP has strengthened the resistance leaders and weakened pro-Indian parties like PDP, Madhav told Hindustan Times. “I do not agree with the analysis that we have straightened the separatists. We wanted governor rule to ensure that the campaign against terrorist continue with further vigour”. “We had planned a four pronged approach for Kashmir. One, killed the Militants to the last man. Two, tackle over ground network of terrorists through legal means. Three, approach all stakeholder through dialouge. Four, work for the development of state. All four dimensions are important. We would want the present administration and the governor to pursue. There is no way that separatists or terrorists will succeed in the Kashmir valley” On whether the tenure of J&K governor, NN Vohra, will be extended or not.