‘Keep di­a­logue process with sep­a­ratists open’

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Sri­na­gar, Sept. 16: A Congress panel headed by for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh on Satur­day asked the Cen­tre and Jammu and Kash­mir gov­ern­ment to keep the di­a­logue route with sep­a­ratists open.

The party del­e­ga­tion is on a two-day visit to Kash­mir to at­tend a se­ries of meet­ings on the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the Val­ley.

The AICC’s “pol­icy and plan­ning” group was formed in April in the wake of wide­spread vi­o­lence in the state dur­ing the Sri­na­gar Lok Sabha by­polls. The other mem­bers of the group in­clude Leader of Op­po­si­tion in Ra­jya Sabha, Ghu­lam Nabi Azad, for­mer Union home min­is­ter P. Chi­dambaram and party gen­eral sec­re­tary Am­bika Soni.

Im­me­di­ately after their ar­rival, the group held an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing of Jammu and Kash­mir Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee at Hari Ni­was here, a party spokesman said.

He said the group was sched­uled to meet var­i­ous del­e­ga­tions from Kash­mir, in­clud­ing op­po­si­tion par­ties.

“Apart from the po­lit­i­cal par­ties, the group will in­ter­act with sev­eral other del­e­ga­tions like civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions, Shia as­so­ci­a­tions, del­e­ga­tion of 2014 flood vic­tims, saf­fron grow­ers, house boat as­so­ci­a­tions, trade and tourism del­e­ga­tions as well as a del­e­ga­tion of jour­nal­ists,” the spokesman said.

How­ever, meet­ing sep­a­ratist lead­ers is not part of the group’s agenda, he said.

Speak­ing to re­porters on side­lines of the meet­ing, Mr Azad said the Cen­tral as well as the state gov­ern­ment should keep the di­a­logue route with sep­a­ratists open.

“The Cen­tral as well as the state gov­ern­ment have to de­cide which stake­hold­ers to talk to. Ev­ery­one knows who the stake­hold­ers are, but they are afraid to take the names. And when they are afraid to even iden­tify them as stake­hold­ers, how will there be a res­o­lu­tion?

“They (cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments) should talk to them (sep­a­ratists) and try to re­solve the is­sue,” the Leader of Op­po­si­tion in Ra­jya Sabha said.

Man­mo­han Singh

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