NEW DELHI: The refusal by separatists to meet a section of the all-party delegation and their ‘misbehaviour’ as they slammed the doors on them is being considered as a major strategic gain by the Centre as it tries to restore normalcy in Kashmir.
Government sources say the incident only “exposed” the separatists and it will help in isolating them and convincing the people in the valley that they (separatists) have no intentions of an amicable solution.
On return from the valley at the head of the all-party delegation, home minister Rajnath Singh briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the deliberations. Another all-party meeting will be held in the capital on Wednesday.
Opposition parties have often accused the Narendra Modi government of hardening its stance and ignoring the separatist organisations. “We had our stand clear that separatists could not be considered as stakeholders in deliberations to restore normalcy in the valley as we had strong doubts about their intentions,” said a highly placed government source.
He said all eyes were on how things would pan out when a few members from the all-party delegation went to meet the separatist leaders.
Under house arrest since July, leader of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani refused to meet Sitaram Yechury, D Raja, Sharad Yadav and Jay Prakash Naray an Yadav when they went to his residence. The MPs had broken off from the all-party delegation to make the outreach. However, they were greeted with slogan-shouting by Geelani’s supporters outside his house and refused entry.
“Ham chahte the doodh ka doodh aur paani ka paani ho jaye (we wanted the truth to come out),” said the source, privy to the entire peace process.