Chidambaram calls for visit by all-party team to Kashmir

Cong. leader hails the outcome of the meeting between the Kashmiri mainstream leaders and the PM

Updated - December 03, 2021 10:36 am IST

Published - August 24, 2016 01:36 am IST - NEW DELHI:

 New Delhi, November 01, 2013: Finance Minister , P.Chidambaram during an interaction with media in New Delhi on the  November 01, 2013. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

New Delhi, November 01, 2013: Finance Minister , P.Chidambaram during an interaction with media in New Delhi on the November 01, 2013. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Tuesday urged the Centre to send an all-party delegation to Kashmir.

“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,” Mr. Chidambaram tweeted.

He recently faced criticism from the BJP for advocating autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir. Even his party brushed aside the statement.

A senior Congress leader told The Hindu that while the demand for sending an all-party delegation was made by the CPI(M) first, the Congress propagated it in the recent Parliament session and had no reason to deviate from that line.

The Congress was officially wary of the meeting between Kashmiri leaders and the Prime Minister.

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

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