Congress panel holds marathon parleys with different sections in J&K

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Sep 2017 08:27:25



NEARLY five months since its formation, the policy and planning group of the Congress on Jammu and Kashmir, headed by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Sunday held closed-door discussions with the leaders of the Congress and other Oppositions parties.
Nearly 20 delegations representing cross-section of the society also met with the group, which included former union ministers P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni, that arrived here on Sunday on a maiden two-day visit.

State Congress unit president G A Mir, former MP Tariq Hameed Karra and former minister Nawang Rigzin Jora are also members of the group.
“The panel acquainted themselves with the broader party view on the overall security and political situation in the state,” Chief Spokesperson of state Congress unit Ravinder Sharma told PTI.

He said the party leaders highlighted the deteriorating security situation and sought political engagement to address the issues confronting the state for restoration of peace and normalcy in the state.
The group was set up by the Congress in April after the situation worsened in the Valley due to widespread violence by protesters following the death of eight persons in firing by security forces during bypolls to the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.

After the hour-long meeting with the state party leadership, the spokesperson said, nearly 20 delegations representing various Opposition political parties and cross- section of the society briefed the panel, highlighting regional aspirations, alleged discrimination and failure of the State Government on all fronts.

Several delegations also expressed their views about Article 35A and Article 370 of the Constitution, which give special status to J&K.
While the National Conference, the CPI(M) and some other delegations favoured continuation of the constitutional provisions, some others sought the support of the party in abrogation of the provisions and immediate deportation of illegally-settled foreign nationals, including Rohingyas and Bangladeshis.

The NC’s provincial president, Devender Rana, who led the party delegation in the meeting, said J&K is going through a crucial phase and it is the responsibility of everyone to come forward and join hands to restore peace and normalcy.
“We told the Congress leadership that National Conference is for the betterment of the people of the state and is desirous of peace and prosperity in the state,” he told reporters after the meeting.