Unable to find a viable and acceptable solution to the nearly two-month-old J&K crisis, the Congress is now hoping the protestors will wear themselves out.
But until that happens, the party is grappling with a situation that shows no signs of abating.
This was amply reflected in the march to the UN office in Srinagar by tens of thousands of people under the leadership of the Hurriyat Conference and separatist groups.
On Monday, AICC spokesman Manish Tiwari condemned the march and warned separatists against internationalising the situation. He said such attempts would not be “tolerated’’. He described the Hurriyat and the Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti — which he said was a proxy of the saffron outfits — as two sides of the same coin for complicating an already difficult situation. He added that the responsibility lay with the BJP to rein in the Samiti.
Other leaders privately dubbed as “irresponsible’’ the remarks of parties like the BJP, NC and PDP.
The NC said its MPs would quit if the firing on protesters continued and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti was ready to march to PoK when the Valley was cut off because of the continuing bandhs.
If the Congress is worried that the situation gives a handle to separatists, it also sees a great danger in the Centre finding itself hamstrung in the face of largescale and largely non-violent protests.
“The security forces cannot open fire against their own people and a non-violent crowd at that. It will lead to a backlash and invite international opprobrium,’’ said a Congress leader.