P Chidambaram pitches for sending all-party delegation to J&K

"Yesterday's meeting between PM and J&K opposition parties: if it is the first sign of fresh thinking, we must welcome it," said Chidambaram.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: August 23, 2016 7:05 pm
P Chidambaram, Jammu and Kashmir, P Chidambaram Kashmir, Congress Jammu and kashmir, Congress Kashmir Congress MP P Chidambaram coming out of Parliament House in New Delhi on Wednesday evening. PTI Photo

Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday said the meeting between a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir opposition parties and the Prime Minister must be welcomed if it is the first sign of “fresh thinking” even as he pitched for sending an all-party delegation to the Valley.

“Yesterday’s meeting between PM and J&K opposition parties: if it is the first sign of fresh thinking, we must welcome it. “Next step should be sending All Parties Delegation to J&K”, the senior Congress leader said in a tweet. Only yesterday, Congress had  dismissed as “shooting from the hip” the Prime Minister’s call for a dialogue to find a lasting solution to the unrest in Kashmir Valley which is on the boil for last 45 days.

“It looks that the Prime Minister’s words keep changing. What he said at the all-party meeting, his remarks in the Independence Day address and today he is talking of dialogue, but dialogue with whom? There is a suspicion that these are mere words, mere empty rhetoric for the Prime Minister.

He is unfortunately shooting from his hip and merely shooting the breeze,” party spokesman Manish Tewari had said.

Modi had a 75-minute-long meeting with a joint opposition delegation led by former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah yesterday.

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The Prime Minister emphasised on the need for dialogue to find a “permanent and lasting solution” within the framework of the Constitution and also asked all political parties to work together to find a solution to the problems in Jammu and Kashmir.

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  1. S
    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:35 am
    P.C IS RIGHT. Send All party delegation to KASHMIR.Diferent part will select their Represetatives. But what about the Ruling Party and Govt Represntatives? SUSHMA SWARAJ madam must be included. She can lead the delegation of Ruling party group And or represent Govt too. BUT AT NO WAY IT MUS HAVE RAM SANGHI MADAV THE PET OF EEKU AND RSS.HE MUST NOT BE ANY WHERE NEARER TO MEETING TABLE. He is the real trouble maker who is partly responsible for the present state of Kashmir problem. The day FEKU made him his chief Negotiator in formation of State govt with pro Seperatist PDP. The trouble started. Hope good sense prevails now atleast now. Better late than never.
    1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
      Aug 23, 2016 at 9:42 am
      Whatever dialogue has to be done, it should be done with stan. It is no use to do talking with any of the separatists or others. It is stan which controls the w thing. It is the terrorists which stan sends across the border who are more difficult to tackle than the homegrown ones. They are better trained and have better resources. The homegrown ones are getting trained by the stani ones. Burhan Wani with his good looks was just a poster boy. Same as if Shar Rukh Khan had dressed like a terrorist for a Bollywood Ma. We should settle the issue of Kashmir with stan. We should be prepared to divide Kashmir into two. Let us keep Jammu and Ladakh and give the Kashmir Valley to stan. Anantnag will have to be split to keep Amarnath Temple and the route to that withing Indian side. It will be good to take a plebiscite on a district-wise basis to know how the people stand. Who all wants to go to stan and who all opt to remain with India. Till stan gets Kashmir or part of it, it will not sit quiet. India cannot wish it away just by closing eyes. One has to be realistic. We are foolishly nationalistic.
      1. k
        Aug 23, 2016 at 9:28 am
        Congress since Nehru did nothing, so just shut up!