In its two day of visit, Rajnath Singh led delegation consisted of 26 MPs from 20 parties who met a cross-section of people to find a solution to Kashmir's problem.
The all-party delegation seeking to end the prevailing turbulence in Kashmir returned with not much of a breakthrough, however, Union Home Minister criticized the separatist leaders for their refusal to participate in the talks. Briefing about the two-day visit, Singh will today speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the visit to the Valley.
In its two day of visit, Rajnath Singh led delegation consisted of 26 MPs from 20 parties who met a cross-section of people to find a solution to Kashmir’s problem. Four members of the delegation- CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and RJD’s Jay Prakash Narayan broke away from the group in order to initiate talks with Hurriyat leaders, however, the latter rebuffed their attempts and refused to speak to them.
When the leaders reached hardline leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s residence, they were met with closed doors, to which Rajnath Singh in his press conference on Monday said that this showed that, “Hurriyat had no Kashmiriyat or Insaniyat.”
Justifying the refusal of separatist leaders to hold talks with the all-party delegation of MPs, Hurriyat Conference on Monday said they were not invited officially as New Delhi is “scared” of any meaningful dialogue with them and Pakistan to address the issue.
“They never officially invited us (separatists) and at the same time (they) blame us for rejecting it. It is not only shameful but speaks volumes about their truthfulness, sincerity, and clarity… India is scared of any meaningful dialogue with Hurriyat and Pakistan,” said separatists leaders.
Singh in his media briefing also asserted that the delegation would meet only those who want normalcy in the Valley. “Situation in Kashmir has improved I believe and there are no second thoughts about the fact that Jammu and Kashmir was, is and will continue to be a part of India,” said Singh.
He further added that the delegation “had very good interactions” with individuals and groups and they would meet in Delhi to discuss the further discourse. The Home Minister said many members of the delegation had little knowledge about Jammu and Kashmir and the visit helped them to understand the ground situation of the state.
“I hope that whenever any discussion on Jammu and Kashmir takes place in Parliament, we will get full cooperation from them,” he said.
Ahead of the delegation visiting the Valley, J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had invited the separatist leaders for the talks, however, they turned down her offer alleging that she was “playing the role of obfuscation”