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Lok Sabha members express concern over unrest in Kashmir

PTI  New Delhi, August 02, 2010
First Published: 13:42 IST(2/8/2010) | Last Updated: 13:43 IST(2/8/2010)

The unrest in Kashmir today found its echo in the Lok Sabha with members expressing concern, prompting the government to acknowledge that the situation had taken a "serious turn".

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Concern was voiced by members, including BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman L K Advani, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia, who impressed upon the government to act fast to address the situation.

Responding, Home Minister P Chidambaram said government shares the concerns of the members and added that discussions
would be held with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who has arrived here.

"Jammu and Kashmir is a very sensitive state and problems are well known. Over the last few days, situation (in Kashmir)
has taken a serious turn. After July 19, there was a lull. But after July 30, the situation has again taken a serious turn," he said.

He said Abdullah has arrived in Delhi and "we intend to talk to him today" after which a statement would be made in
the House.

Chidambaram said he had talked to the Chief Minister several times last week.

Earlier, Advani raised the issue in the House during the Zero Hour and wanted the government to state what it was doing
in view of the deteriorating situation in the Valley.

"Violence and anarchy are just the symptoms. What are reasons for this? What is the government doing? The Home
Minister should tell us," Advani said while citing the latest bout of unrest and bloodshed in Kashmir.

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