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FULL TEXT: BJP denies Narendra Modi sending emissaries to meet Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Saturday, 19 April 2014 - 11:11am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna Web Team
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The Bharatiya Janata Party denied claims that its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had sent emissaries to meet separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani seeking his help in solving the Kashmir issue. 

The party said in a statement that no emissary has either try to meet or had met Geelani to discuss the Kashmir issue. 

Earlier, hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Friday had claimed that BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had sent emissaries to him in Jammu and Kashmir  to seek a solution to the Kashmir issue.

However, he said he has no hopes of Modi developing an acceptable policy on J&K and rejected their plea for talks with him.

"I told them that Modi is a RSS man and the torch bearer of its ideology. Being the leader of BJP, he will not adopt a realistic policy on Kashmir," he said.

The BJP, in its 2014 poll manifesto, had said it will consult stakeholders for the removal of Article 370 of the Constitution granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Below is full text of BJP's take on Geelani's claims:

It is being reported in certain sections of the media that the NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate Shri Narendra Modi sent emissaries to meet Mr. Syed Ali Shah Geelani. These reports are based on certain statements by Mr. Geelani himself. The BJP categorically rejects these reports.

They are mischievous, without basis and are aimed at creating confusion among people. Mr. Geelani's statements are nothing but a bunch of lies with malicious intent. No emissary has either tried to meet or met Mr. Geelani to discuss the Kashmir issue.

On the Kashmir issue, the BJP's stand is very clear- that Kashmir is an integral part of India and there cannot be any room for deliberations on this. The BJP has also time and again condemned the negative role played by leaders such as Mr. Syed Geelani, whose politics is a threat to the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

If Mr. Geelani has made these claims, the onus lies on him to present the complete picture and name who were these individuals who met him on behalf of Shri Modi. If he fails to do so, which we are sure he will, he should apologize to the people of India. The BJP also condemns the manner in which elected representatives and those who hold important offices, most notably from Kashmir are encouraging such lies only to serve their political interests as they fear a crushing defeat in the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections.

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