Rajnath Singh to brief PM Narendra Modi on Kashmir

Rajnath Singh is expected to brief Modi on the assessment of the ground situation of the state by the all party delegation which visited Srinagar and Jammu on September 4 and 5, official sources said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 6, 2016 1:23 pm
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Home Minister Rajnath Singh will today brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the situation in Kashmir. The briefing comes after the Rajnath Singh-led all-party delegation to Jammu and Kashmir returned Monday night.

Singh is expected to tell PM Modi about the assessment done by the delegation of the ground situation in Kashmir, officials sources said.

According to sources, members of the all-party delegation are also likely to meet in New Delhi on Wednesday to discuss their findings during the visit and decide a plan of action for Jammu and Kashmir.

The delegation went to Kashmir seeking an end to the ongoing turbulence. However, the visit was concluded without any breakthrough or conclusive talks. The Hurriyat leaders in Kashmir also refused talks with the delegation. He had expressed his unhappiness at the stubborn refusal by Hurriyat leaders to meet some MPs who had even knocked at their doors in Srinagar. He had further remarked that this conduct of the separatists was against democracy, humanity or even ‘Kashmiriyat’ (Kashmiri ethos).

However, some members of the delegation went to meet the Hurriyat leaders in their individual capacity. Rajnath Singh had said these individuals were neither told yes nor no about the personal meetings. Singh had also stressed on the fact that Kashmir is, was, and will always be a part of India.

The Hurriyat responded to Singh by saying they didn’t want to be part of the ‘drama of dialogue’ and that the visit was only a favour to them.

“They want to show the visit of the Parliamentary delegation as a favour to us,” said the Hurriyat. “We have made it clear in advance that we would not be part of any drama of dialogue. The intention of the delegation was to act as firefighters to derail and fizzle out the current movement. It would be better if people like Rajnath Singh don’t give (us) lessons on humanity and democracy because there is no one in Kashmir who is not the living example of the ‘humanity and democracy’ of these cunning people”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned from China late Monday night, where he was present to attend the G20 summit along with other world leaders. The visit to China was preceded by a short visit to Vietnam as well.

(with inputs from agencies)