Congress’s policy planning group visiting Valley on Saturday


The Congress Policy Planning group will meet 30 delegations during its two-day visit to Kashmir Valley that begin on Saturday.

Led by former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, the 9-member group comprises of senior Congress leaders Dr Karan Singh, former Home Minister P Chidambaram, Leader of Opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, PCC president G A Mir, Nawang Rigzin Jora and Tariq Hameed Karra and Sham Lal Sharma.

The group will meet at least 30 delegations of political parties, civil society groups, youth leaders, traders, hoteliers, businessmen, local Kashmiri pandits, minority groups, saffron and fruit growers besides students.

Among the political parties that are meeting the group are National Conference, CPI (M), PDF and others.

Confirming the development, JKPCC Chief G A Mir said that on September 16 the group will hold an executive committee meeting of Congress party and then 16 delegations will meet them. The next day, 14 delegations are scheduled to meet the group in Srinagar, he said.

The group will hold Congress legislative party meet on September 17 morning before meeting the delegations.

“However, the invitation is open and anybody can meet them,” he said.

Formed in May, the group visited Jammu last week and held closed-door discussions with the leaders of the Congress and other opposition parties.

Nearly 20 delegations representing cross-section of the society also met the group.

The group, formed after the situation in Kashmir turned fragile post the killing of Hizbul Commander Burhan Wani aims to hold dialogue with all stakeholders.

The group, according to the sources, was constituted after senior leader Tariq Hameed Karra urged the party high command to take concrete steps regarding the resolution of Kashmir issue.



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