Srinagar: The Congress’s legislators in J&K told the Manmohan Singh-led Congress team that came on a 2-day visit to Kashmir to open dialogue with all “stakeholders” on priority basis.
Congress state vice-president GN Monga told Kashmir Reader that from early in the morning, the Manmohan-led team began meeting party legislators at the Hari Niwas. Another Congress leader said that the legislators apprised the Singh-led group of the situation prevailing in Kashmir and said that the PDP-BJP government had divided the state on communal lines.
“The legislatures said that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh had been separated on communal lines,” the leader said. “They said that the need of the hour was for secular parties to come together and stop the communal forces.”
The leader said the group’s main purpose was to take stock of the existing political realities in Kashmir and form a policy accordingly.
Later, the Congress group met various delegations representing different sections of society. More than 25 delegations met Singh and his team on the second day of their interaction with more than 1200 people during their two days’ stay, a Congress spokesman stated.
The spokesman said that the delegations apprised the Congress leaders of the ground situation and the reasons behind the prevailing unrest and alienation of the people.
The delegations which met the Manmohan-led group today included Bar Association Anantnag, Fruit Growers Association, LOC Trade Delegation, Intellectual Forum, Minority Delegation, ALCs (Border Residents), Delegation led by Mr Mohd Shafi Pandit, former chairman PSC, delegations from Baramulla Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Shopian Pulwama, and others.
Later, the Manmohan-led group left Kashmir at 2:30pm, the spokesman said.