Sharad Yadav, Yashwant Sinha cut across party lines, plan J&K meet

Both Sharad Yadav and Yashwant Sinha were part of separate delegations which met separatist leaders in the Valley last year.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Updated: May 8, 2017 10:39 am
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Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and former Union Minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha met on Sunday — their second meeting in a fortnight — to chalk out plans to bring together different groups working on Kashmir for a national conclave in the capital this month, which will attempt to seek a unified voice on resolving the Kashmir unrest and restoring peace.

Both Yadav and Sinha were part of separate delegations which met separatist leaders in the Valley last year.

Sources said leaders from all parties, including the ruling BJP, will be invited for the conclave, which is expected to be addressed by experts, activists and writers.

“Our attempt will be to make it an all-party kind of gathering. Opposition leaders will definitely be there. We will welcome all suggestions and hope some common voice emerges from the meeting to resolve the cycle of violence in the Valley. We are inviting all experts and members of different delegations which have visited Kashmir. We are also exploring the possibility of inviting some political leaders and experts from Kashmir,” said a source familiar with the planning of the entire exercise.

The meeting between Sinha and Yadav at the latter’s residence today was their second meeting in a fortnight. On April 25, Sinha met Yadav hours before the JD(U) leader called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi, where they discussed the “urgency” of the Kashmir situation.

Yadav also called up former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today. On May 2, he met Singh and urged him to explore the possibility of working with different groups and committees involved with the Kashmir issue.

Singh has already held discussions with senior Congress leader from Jammu and Kashmir and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. According to sources, the former Prime Minister is likely to meet Sonia in the next few days to discuss the Kashmir situation.

Singh heads a Congress policy planning group on Jammu and Kashmir. Sinha chaired an informal group that visited the Valley twice last year and submitted a report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Yadav is keen that both groups should work together and rope in some other groups involved in similar activities.

The Congress group includes senior leaders Karan Singh, P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, Rigzin Zora, Tariq Hameed Karra and Shyam Lal Sharma.

When contacted, Yadav said a joint meeting of all such informal groups on Kashmir should be held in the capital because “as far as resolving the Kashmir issue is concerned, the lead has always come from Delhi”.

Yadav has also discussed the issue with CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, and spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti last month.

Meanwhile, among those who are likely to be invited to speak at the conclave are former R&AW chief A S Dulat, former interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir M M Ansari, former bureaucrat Wajahat Habibullah, former Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak and activist Sushobha Barve. “All the names will be finalised soon. It will be a large gathering. We will hold the conclave this month,” said a source.

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    l s
    May 8, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    Why not also invite Yechuri, Raja, kegri etc etc. Also Laloo and Mulayam can be include in this list. After all, these people are thrown-out past leaders, still c ing to power. They cannot do anything, except create more problems for the govt. Do not people know that after his last visit, Yashwant Sinha did not even get an appointment from our P M , though he had also visited the valley. This speaks a lot about these ex leaders thinking.
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      kempu
      May 8, 2017 at 3:12 pm
      The proposed conclave on Kashmir is a timely move initiated by non-Hindutva leaders, & is motivated by the political will to halt the "cycle of violence" in the Valley. The organisers of this conference should invite, besides the "mainstream" parties & the Hurriyat groups, the representatives of Kashmiri Pundits who have so far chosen to stay back in the Valley, those migrants who are wil to return to their native land, the faction led by the late Burhan Wani who, before he was killed, called upon his fellow azadi fighters not to touch Hindu pilgrims & pleaded with the Pundits to return & live as neighbours.This conclave should also listen to the successors of the "Muslim Conference" who felt betra by the rigged embly elections in the late 1980s, to Kashmiris living across the LoC, & to our jawans strugg on the frontlines. The gathering should outrightly reject militarist Hindu Rashtra politics & adopt Shri Vajpayee's vision : " Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat, jam iat ".
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        George Cruz
        May 8, 2017 at 8:33 pm
        The J&K is and has been an integral part of India since the independence in 1947 and more over historically the Kashmir was inhabited by the Hindus for many centuries until the Turkish invasion by the barbaric in the early 1100s. The NC and the PDP are the two sides of the same coin who are and have supporting the Kashmir separatist Islamic Jihadists, both parties ultimate aim is to establish another Islamic Caliphate but they call it 'Kashmiriyat', 'wishes of Kashmiri people', 'peace dialogue', 'Va ayee wishes'...blah,,...blah..blah....which the Indian citizens would never accept because once again the J&K is and has been an integral part of India.
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          kempu
          May 8, 2017 at 10:10 pm
          " Historically ", " in the early 1100s" there were hundreds of "Hindu" kings/princes/chieftains etc lording it over their territories & often flying at each other's throats. . . Let us go back to that state of affairs !
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        vasoo kamulkar
        May 8, 2017 at 2:20 pm
        Regrettably, both Yashwant Sinha and Sharad Yadav have lost their shine. They are redundant politician wanting to remain in the limelight. Many in Hindusthaan wonder whether the crushing blow over the PoK wasn't the need of the hour !
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          Sankaran Krishnan
          May 8, 2017 at 1:06 pm
          Very good initiative and let us welcome w heartedly the conclave and if it helps ton resolve the issue by addressing the problems faced by the J& K in the Valley. But do ensure there is no playing of petty politics over the issue and let all the Political Party Leaders find an solution acceptable to one and all along with Experts who are ready to give their guidance and let us hope for an amicable solution which is good for the State and as well for the Country so that we can move forward as a Nation at the Global Arena !!!
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            l s
            May 8, 2017 at 11:59 am
            Today, Kashmir should be handled with a iron hand. Locals pla into the hands of anti-nationals and Pak supported seperatists. The day's of decent talks are over. The state is going to dogs by the dogs. Leave the situation to the security forces and not any politicians. There time is up. Supply more and more pellet guns and let them be used freely, then see the returning to normalcy in a jiffy. Politicians cannot handle this situation any more.
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            1. M
              mumbai
              May 8, 2017 at 1:58 pm
              for the past 40 years same message is given by many people. you did your part. now go and sleep.
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              Lovely
              May 8, 2017 at 10:48 am
              Before any discussion , let us discuss Kash Pandits. All talks are useless.
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              1. M
                mumbai
                May 8, 2017 at 1:58 pm
                let the pandits go and talk about that. not the street dogs.
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                P.C.Kulkarni
                May 8, 2017 at 10:37 am
                Now bhakts will term Yashwant Sinha and Sharad Yadav as antintional and will be asked to go to stan
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                  bitterhoney
                  May 8, 2017 at 10:28 am
                  Did Hitler listen to anyone? Hitler is on kil spree.
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                  1. M
                    mumbai
                    May 8, 2017 at 1:59 pm
                    But hitler was not a joker.
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