Panel led by former PM Manmohan Singh begins Kashmir visit

RSTV Bureau

A Congress panel headed by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked the centre and Jammu and Kashmir government to keep the dialogue route with separatists open.

 Former prime minister Manmohan Singh with other senior Congress leaders during an executive committee meeting at Hari Nivas in Srinagar

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh with other senior Congress leaders during an executive committee meeting at Hari Nivas in Srinagar

The party delegation is on a two-day visit to Kashmir to attend a series of meetings on the current situation in the valley.

The AICC’s ‘Policy and Planning’ group was formed in April in the wake of widespread violence in the state during the Srinagar Lok Sabha by-polls. The other members of the group include Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Union home minister P Chidambaram and party general secretary Ambika Soni.

Immediately after their arrival, the group held an executive committee meeting of Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee at Hari Niwas here, a party spokesman said.

He said the group was scheduled to meet various delegations from Kashmir, including opposition parties.

Apart from the political parties, the group will interact with several other delegations like civil society organisations, Shia associations, the delegation of 2014 flood victims, saffron growers, houseboat associations, trade and tourism delegations as well as a delegation of journalists, the spokesman said.

However, meeting separatist leaders is not part of the group’s agenda, he said.