Fresh thinking needed to resolve J&K issue: PC

RSTV Bureau

Rahul-and-ChidambaramCongress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday said the meeting between a delegation of J-K 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 & 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.

 An opposition delegation from Jammu and Kashmir during a meeting with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on Monday Photo-PTI

An opposition delegation from Jammu and Kashmir during a meeting with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on Monday
Photo-PTI

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

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.

Meanwhile, normal life remained paralysed for the 46th consecutive day due to curfew, restrictions and separatist sponsored strike.

Shops, private offices, educational institutions and petrol pumps remained closed while public transport continued to be off roads.The attendance in government offices and banks was also affected.

Mobile Internet also continued to remain suspended in the entire Valley, where the outgoing facility on prepaid mobiles remained barred.