Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav along with BJP veteran, former union minister Yashwant Sinha is in talks to hold a national conclave of stakeholders in Kashmir amid ongoing unrest in the valley. Yadav has also talked about the proposed conclave with CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury and D Raja of the CPI. Reportedly, both are in favor of the move.
The centre had chosen to disregard the visit and the report of the all-party delegation that visited the valley last year to end the ongoing turbulence in the valley. This prompted the former external affairs minister to get in touch with opposition leaders to find out the possibility of holding a national conclave to converse ways to restore peace in the distressed state.
Yadav had also gone to the valley as a member of an all-party delegation; however the view among opposition leaders is that the government has done nothing on its report. “The government has not taken a single step to resolve the crisis. We too have responsibilities. If the government does not act, we must do our bit,” said an opposition leader, reported Kashmir Observer. An initiative must be taken in Delhi to spread a positive message to the people inJ&K.
A “multi-dimensional dialogue” was suggested by the Sinha’s group that should include the separatist conglomerate, Hurriyat Conference. It also asked the government to enhance the human rights situation, suggest the same report.