Open your heart to people of J&K, Ghulam Nabi Azad urges PM Modi

Azad’s letter reminded Modi of his NDA predecessor Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s “political” initiatives.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 7, 2016 1:40 am
kashmir, kashmir violence, kashmir protests, narendra modi, ghulam nabi azad, congress, kashmir protesters, kashmir deaths, kashmir injured, kashmir news, india news Protesters run away as a policeman fires tear gas towards them during a protest against the recent killings in Kashmir, on the outskirts of Srinagar, August 5, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

In a scathing critique of the Centre’s approach to address the ongoing unrest in Kashmir Valley, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad Saturday wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and contended that his government is not showing any “urgency” to deal with the situation.

Asking Modi to open his heart to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Azad’s letter reminded Modi of his NDA predecessor Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s “political” initiatives.

Azad wrote that the Centre’s Kashmir policy “hinges only on security measures”, and the “political process” that connects the government with people is “totally missing”.

Pointing out that the Valley has been locked down for a month now and there is a complete breakdown of law and order, the Congress leader said even elected representatives are “facing the ire” and are not able to connect with the people. “They (people’s representatives) are running away from the scene, which tells us about the reality on ground,” he said.

“There seems (to be) no recognition of the situation at the national level. Neither is the government showing any urgency, nor (is it) taking other national political parties into confidence, as was demanded during the discussion in Parliament,” he wrote.

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