Kashmir, Sept 17: The Former PM Manmohan Singh meets state Congress leaders in Srinagar on Sunday.
A high-level “policy planning group” of the Congress spearheaded by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reached for a two-day visit to Kashmir on Saturday where he hold discussions with 50 delegations representing various social, political, religious and other groups.
Extended Executive Meeting of Congress delegation led by Manmohan Singh kicked off in Srinagar on Saturday.
J&K: Manmohan Singh led Congress delegation held an Extended Executive Meeting in Srinagar pic.twitter.com/RxdwJWxjti
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Led by Manmohan Singh, the Congress delegation includes Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Union minister P Chidambaram, Congress party’s J&K in-charge Ambika Soni, and Rajya Sabha member Karan Singh.
Launching a scathing attack on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who visited valley on September 9 and 10 and holds the meeting with “engineered groups” formed by the government, the Congress leadership stressed that those meeting the group members are “real people” who will discuss genuine issues.
Tariq Hammed Karra, the ex-Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar constituency who joined the Congress after leaving the PDP, told The Indian Express that there had been several meetings with party members in New Delhi before the policy group began its visit.
“It is an exercise of hand-holding…. Since the NDA came to power in J&K, there has been a perception in Kashmir, and in Muslim areas of Jammu, that Muslims are being pushed to the wall. This is an attempt by the Congress at giving moral and political support to the people.’’
The Congress group has already visited Jammu and held meetings with dozens of delegations from different parts of the region and is likely to visit Ladakh region in the coming weeks, the party said Friday.