GoI rules out talks with resistance leadership, calls them ‘destructive, obstructive’

M Venkaiah Naidu, senior BJP leader and Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting.

Srinagar: The government of India on Monday again ruled out any talks with the resistance leadership in Jammu and Kashmir.

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu called the resistance leadership as “destructive and obstructive” and alleging they receive funds from Pakistan to stoke unrest in the valley.

“Why we should have discussions with the separatist leaders? Every day they (Pakistan) are giving training to the militants, provoking them and sending them into our country,” Naidu said, speaking at an event in New Delhi.

“They are sending money to the separatist leaders…. and we have seen it,” he said referring to an NIA probe into alleged cross-border funding to Kashmiri resistance leaders for organising stone pelting protests.

“I don’t know what is this disease of stone pelting,” Naidu said.

“We are collecting stones to construct infrastructure there but they are trying to destroy it,” the Minister said.

“We are constructive, and they are destructive and obstructive,” the former BJP chief and incumbent Information and Broadcasting Minister said.

“This is the kind of mentality we are seeing in the people of the country,” Naidu added.

His comments come as the government has said it is working towards a “permanent solution” to Kashmir.

The NIA has raided as many as twenty eight locations in Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi and NCR in alleged Hawala money cases. No arrest has been made so far, however, the joint resistance leadership mulled to hold a meet today at Hyderpora but government arrested the top leaders.

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