SRINAGAR: Hurriyat will have to talk to New Delhi within the ambit of the constitution, the BJP national vice-president and the J&K affairs in-charge, Avinash Rai Khanna said on Monday.
He said the centre was open to talks “We are open for talks. Hurriyat leaders are our own people,” Khanna was quoted to have said by a local daily during a party function in Srinagar. “They are the residents of J&K so they are most welcome to talk to us including the Prime Minister Narendra Modi but within the ambit of Indian constitution”.
He said the PM Modi was gradually creating a peaceful atmosphere in Kashmir so that “the trust of every single citizen of the state is won”.
Earlier Hurriyat M chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had expressed his willingness to join dialogue with the centre should an invite is extended. He said Hurriyat has always believed that dialogue was a means for conflict resolution in the state.
Mirwaiz’s response followed the Governor Satya Pal Malik’s claim at a function that Hurriyat had expressed its readiness to talk to the centre. He called it an encouraging sign.